Review: The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez

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Goodreads Summary:

Kristen Petersen doesn’t do drama, will fight to the death for her friends, and has no room in her life for guys who just don’t get her. She’s also keeping a big secret: facing a medically necessary procedure that will make it impossible for her to have children.

Planning her best friend’s wedding is bittersweet for Kristen—especially when she meets the best man, Josh Copeland. He’s funny, sexy, never offended by her mile-wide streak of sarcasm, and always one chicken enchilada ahead of her hangry. Even her dog, Stuntman Mike, adores him. The only catch: Josh wants a big family someday. Kristen knows he’d be better off with someone else, but as their attraction grows, it’s harder and harder to keep him at arm’s length.

The Friend Zone will have you laughing one moment and grabbing for tissues the next as it tackles the realities of infertility and loss with wit, heart, and a lot of sass.


4 star


My Review

The Friend Zone was seriously adorable and heartbreakingly beautiful at the same time. I listened to this one on audiobook, and though the female narrator had the WORST way of enunciating, it was still so enjoyable!

The story centers around the POVs of Josh and Kristen as they both clearly fall in love with each other but continue to have a reason not to be together. It was incredibly frustrating. Josh is the best man for his best friend who happens to be marrying Kristen’s best friend (and is the maid of honor). Soon Josh becomes an even bigger part of Kristen’s life when he unexpectedly becomes her new carpenter for her small business as well. Unfortunately, Kristen is about to undergo a surgery that will make her unable to have children, but she has no way of breaking the news to Josh.

Experiencing both their POVs honestly made the story. I hadn’t read a contemporary like that in a while where you get to hear how the guy feels about the girl from the very beginning. It’s alway so sweet, and oh boy, was Josh sweet. Also fun fact, my boyfriend’s name is Josh, and I’ve never read a book where my boyfriend’s name is the same as the main guy, so that was fun! The romance was honestly quite the ride. I found myself getting so mad and having such strong feelings throughout, that I remember yelling out loud at the audiobook while driving.

The Friend Zone brings with it the harsh realities that come with love and life, and blends them all together into one beautiful story. If you’re looking for a book like that to take you on a journey that is devastating, but wonderful at the same time, then I highly recommend!

Buy The Friend Zone now! 

Book Review: Beach Read by Emily Henry

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Goodreads Summary:

A romance writer who no longer believes in love and a literary writer stuck in a rut engage in a summer-long challenge that may just upend everything they believe about happily ever afters.

Augustus Everett is an acclaimed author of literary fiction. January Andrews writes bestselling romance. When she pens a happily ever after, he kills off his entire cast.

They’re polar opposites.

In fact, the only thing they have in common is that for the next three months, they’re living in neighboring beach houses, broke, and bogged down with writer’s block.

Until, one hazy evening, one thing leads to another and they strike a deal designed to force them out of their creative ruts: Augustus will spend the summer writing something happy, and January will pen the next Great American Novel. She’ll take him on field trips worthy of any rom-com montage, and he’ll take her to interview surviving members of a backwoods death cult (obviously). Everyone will finish a book and no one will fall in love. Really.


4 star


My Review

“Falling’s the part that takes your breath away. It’s the part when you can’t believe the person standing in front of you both exists and happened to wander into your path. It’s supposed to make you feel lucky to be alive, exactly when and where you are.”

I had been seeing Beach Read all over bookstagram this Summer and saw that everyone was ranting about it! So when I read the plot, I knew I had to have it! And let me tell ya folks, it is THE definition of a Summer read! I enjoyed this little gem a whole lot!

Beach Read centers around the POV of writer January, a girl who just lost her Father only to discover that he bequeathed her a lake house she had no idea about. When she arrives she finds that her next door neighbor is none other than her arch nemesis from college: Augustus Everett. Cue cheesy romantic love story that’s quite the cliche yet sucks you completely in anyway!

Beach Read was everything I was looking for. I’ve been reading so much fantasy lately that it was so nice to have the perfect contemporary to set the balance back. This book had so many lines that took my breath away. I literally had to reread them a few times to just take it all in. Emily Henry’s writing is nothing short of beautiful. So naturally, I was emotional by the ending. Which was really quite unexpected based on what I thought the book was like.

This story is so much more than a romance, it’s a lot about life too. It opens up the very real wounds that just existing brings. It shows that there are no guarantees, so you might as well take a leap of faith and dive on in. Of course it still has a lovely finish that made me all kinds of happy. And that’s just what Beach Read is, it’s a happy read! So if that is something you’re in need of right about now, and honestly, with 2020 being the way it is, we all could use some happy… I highly recommend it!

Buy on Amazon now!

 

 

Cover Real: The Trouble with Wanting by Jillian Liota

Today I have the cover reveal for The Trouble with Wanting by Jillian Liota! Check out the gorgeous cover and be sure to pre-order your copy today!

Title: THE TROUBLE WITH WANTING

Author: Jillian Liota

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: July 20th

About The Trouble With Wanting:

Ruby Roberts is heading to Cedar Point to connect with the father who left her behind. Easy conversation with the handsome man sitting next to her isn’t what she’s expecting from her cross-country flight, but it’s not something she’s complaining about, that’s for sure.

Boyd Mitchell is flying home for some end-of-summer relaxation and time with his favorite people – his family. A talkative seat-mate that pulls him out of his shell is the last thing he wants, but he can’t seem to resist her charm.

When Boyd and Ruby end up in the same lakeside town, their banter and flirtation quickly become a steamy fling that leaves them both breathless. Neither of them are expecting to find a romance that has them both reconsidering everything they used to believe about love.

As their time in Cedar Point comes to an end, the two will have to decide whether they want their connection to turn into a real-world relationship, or whether wanting more is nothing but trouble.

Pre-Order Today:

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About Jillian Liota:

Jillian Liota is a new author writing contemporary romance and new adult fiction. She lives in Kailua, Hawaii with her amazing husband, 2 cats, and 3-legged pup.

She is the author of the new adult romance novel The Keeper, which focuses on a female college soccer goalie, as well as the follow up novella, Keep Away. Her newest release, Like You Mean It, is in the contemporary romance genre and has a more mature voice, as it follows a pregnant mother finding love in a new town. The next novel in the Like You Series, Like You Want It, will be published in Spring 2019

She has a master’s in Higher Education and Student Affairs, and she is passionate about all things improvement, development and organization.

She’s also a big fan of taking walks with her husband and dog Maia, reading romance (obviously), watching a handful of horrible reality TV shows, and exploring the island she calls home. Check out her Contact page for more information on how to connect.

Connect with Jillian:

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Review: The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Goodreads Summary:

A story about friendship, survival, and finding your voice.

Growing up, Mallory Dodge learned that the best way to survive was to say nothing. And even though it’s been four years since her nightmare ended, she’s beginning to worry that the fear that holds her back will last a lifetime. Now, after years of homeschooling, Mallory must face a new milestone—spending her senior year at a public high school. But she never imagined she’d run into Rider Stark, the friend and protector she hasn’t seen since childhood, on her very first day. 

It doesn’t take long for Mallory to realize that the connection she shared with Rider never really faded. Yet soon it becomes apparent that she’s not the only one grappling with lingering scars from the past. And as she watches Rider’s life spiral out of control, Mallory must make a choice between staying silent and speaking out—for the people she loves, the life she wants and the truths that need to be heard.


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Favorite Quotes: 

“And it was knowing that I could still be…still be afraid of everything, but not letting that fear stop me from living.”

“Forever was something we all took for granted, but the problem with forever was that it really didn’t exist.”


My Review

This is one of only a handful of stand alones by JLA. My history with her stand alone novels has always been great so I’ve been super excited to dive into this one! I’ve had it on my Kindle for a few years now and finally was able to read it. And once again, I was not disappointed!

The story follows Mallory as she navigates public school for the first time. She’s had a morbid past involving abusive foster parents and after being adopted and going through the necessary steps, is finally ready to face the great unknown that is her senior year in high school. The last thing she expects is to run into someone from her past on day one: her only friend and great protector Rider.

I have to say, this story’s lead female character was unlike any JLA has ever written about before. Usually her books consist of strong-willed badass girls with a great sense of humor. Mallory is definitely not any of these. Honestly, it wouldn’t have fit the story nearly as well if she was. And it was totally realistic for someone with her particular past to not come out unscathed.

This book was a breath of fresh air in that it depicted the very real ways anxiety can affect your day to day life. It also showed how you never quite know what someone is going through. Most importantly, it demonstrates that your past can be let go and you can move forward from it stronger. Overall, it spoke to me, and I couldn’t help but share a few of the lines that gave me chills while reading (see above).

The Problem with Forever was a quick read with a sweet romance, difficult social concepts, and a teary eyed beautiful finish. I 100% recommend you read it, especially if you’re a JLA fan.

Buy on Amazon. 

Review: November 9 by Colleen Hoover

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Goodreads Summary:

Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day before her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist.

Can Ben’s relationship with Fallon—and simultaneously his novel—be considered a love story if it ends in heartbreak?

Beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover returns with an unforgettable love story between a writer and his unexpected muse


My Review

I listened to Novemeber 9 on audio back in March, and OH MY GOODNESS what a ride!!! Colleen Hoover is on a whole other level when it comes to writing. She literally knows how to take you on the most wild emotional ride in a way that no other author ever has (my review of Verity to come *hint hint*).

November 9 is written from the perspectives of Ben and Fallon, two people who come from very different worlds but find themselves totally intertwined in one another’s lives in the most unexpected way. Unfortunately, these two meet the night before Fallon is about to fly off to New York to pursue an acting career. However, they are both so enthralled by one another from the very beginning, that they make a promise to each other to meet on the same date every year from then on. Ben even plans to use Fallon’s life as the focus of his novel. As the years pass, their lives and their love get more and more complicated, and Fallon becomes not entirely sure that Ben’s motives behind his novel are genuine.

This book was unlike anything I’d ever read before. Colleen Hoover used time jumps so creatively in a way that didn’t make you feel like you were missing content because of the gaps. When I first started it, I remember thinking “how the hell is this going to be a good romance if they only see each other one day a year??” Well, it most definitely was! This book was heartbreakingly beautiful. No other way to describe it. It was awesome to see the characters grow and evolve over time in a way that didn’t feel too slow or too rushed.  There was just enough information given on the days they met and on the time in between to make the story flow smoothly. To top it off, November 9 had an incredible mind blowing ending that I absolutely did not see coming!

If you are looking for a great stand alone contemporary romance, I highly recommend November 9. It reads quick and will captivate your heart.

Buy it on Amazon!

Double Review: Origin Series (#1 and #2)-The Darkest Star AND The Burning Shadow by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Hello readers!!! I’m so sorry that I’ve been gone for well over a year. I’ve been finishing the didactic portion of the Physical Therapy program at Northern Arizona University, and am waiting to begin my clinical rotations in July! Though I’m unsure what rotations may bring to my scheduling, I plan on consistently sharing and reviewing again! I missed it oh so much, and I hope you’ll forgive me for my hiatus.  If you aren’t new to my blog, then you’ll find that I gave myself a facelift. I’m trying to start fresh and dive right back into bringing you reviews of books worth reading! So let’s start with a bang! What better way to start reviewing again than with a JLA review x2!!!

I’ve definitely read/listened to a good handful of books while I’ve been away and will probably be reviewing retrospectively in between current reviews. Since I just finished reading The Burning Shadow, I’ll only share the Goodreads summary for it.


Goodreads Summary of The Burning Shadow

When Evelyn Dasher crossed paths with Luc, she was thrown headfirst into the world of the Lux—only to discover that she was already far more involved in their world than she ever suspected.

Because the Luxen aren’t the only ones with a hidden past. There’s a gap in Evie’s memory, lost months of her life and a lingering sense that something happened, something she can’t remember and nobody is willing to tell her. She needs to find out the truth about who she is—and who she was. But every answer she finds only brings up more questions.

Her search for the truth brings her ever closer to Luc, the Origin at the center of it all. He’s powerful, arrogant, inhumanly beautiful, extremely dangerous…and possibly in love with her. But even as Evie falls for him, she can’t help but wonder if his attraction is to her, or to the memory of a girl who no longer exists.

And all the while, a new threat looms: reports of a flu-like, fatal virus that the government insists is being spread by Luxen. A horrifying illness that changes whoever it touches, spreading panic across a country already at its breaking point.

#1 New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout returns to the world of the Lux with this steamy, shocking second installment of the Origin series that will leave readers reeling.


My Review 

The Origin series is a spin off series of the beloved Lux series, and I have to say, if you haven’t read The Lux series, first of all YOU’RE DOING IT WRONG! Secondly, you absolutely should read it first prior to this series, otherwise you’re bound to be confused.

If you’ve read The Lux books before, then you know who Luc is, that snarky teenager who happens to somehow be the owner of a night club and who also happens to be a crazy powerful Origin. These books center around the perspective of Evie Dasher, a teenage girl who ends up in the wrong club at the wrong time and finds herself coming face to face with Luc. This series begins following the Luxen invasion, so she is fully aware that there are Luxen among the humans, but has no idea that there are other alien lifeforms too. Before Evie knows it, she’s getting dragged into the life of Origins and learns that her world isn’t entirely what she thought it was. Secrets come out, the truth is revealed, nothing is what it seems, and the questions just keep on coming.

Naturally, true to the JLA nature, a brewing connection forms between Evie and Luc, and it’s intense and all consuming. Evie isn’t quite ready to admit it to herself though, but ohhhh boy just wait for book two!

Overall, The Darkest Star was a wonderful beginning of what is sure to be a fantastic spin off to the Lux books.

The Burning Shadow was even more tumultuous than the first book, and oh so jam packed full of suspense and fiery romance. It begins right from where book one left off. This one will leave you with all sorts of feels though! And the burning questions (pun intended) that you’ve had since the beginning are truly answered once and for all. Although, I will say the main reveal was a bit predictable (parts of book one were as well), it was still a cool twist nevertheless. And did I mention that the characters from The Lux series make appearances throughout both books??? It was like being called home reading about Kat and Daemon again and seeing where everyone was at in their relationships/little families * girly sigh*.

Jennifer Armentrout has mastered the talent of creating amazingly lovable characters full of snark, charm, and depth. You’ll be looking forward to each new page! Book two ended with a cliff hanger (also true to the JLA name), and unfortunately, book three: The Brightest Night won’t be out till October 20th *cries silently*.

I highly recommend you start The Origin Series and if you have but haven’t gotten to book two yet, it’s even better than the first!

Buy The Darkest Star.

Buy The Burning Shadow .

Review: Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

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Goodreads Summary:

When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.


My Review

Believe it or not but this is actually the first ever Colleen Hoover book that I’ve read!! That is practically blasphemous I know! And boy oh boy do I see what I was missing out on now!! Holy crap this book was good!! Hoover has a way with romance novels, or so I had been told, and that is definitely no exaggeration. I’m actually going to her book signing event in two weeks in Phoenix and I am so so excited for it!

Ugly Love was entirely unique in that its two perspectives took place in two different timelines. One focused on the life of Tate, an RN who has just temporarily moved in with her brother while she gets her Masters and attempts to find an apartment of her own. The other perspective follows Miles (the boy in the apartment across the hall), only his perspective is one from 6 years in the past! Wild right?! Miles also happens to be one of Tate’s brother’s coworkers. He has always been aloof from love for reasons that very few are privy to. However, right from the start there is an attraction between Miles and Tate, and before they know it, they’re falling in to an intense yet tumultuous friends with benefits situation. Miles has two rules though, don’t ask about his past, and don’t expect a future.

The title of this book could not possibly be any more accurate! It was so very clear that the feelings between Miles and Tate were so much more than physical. Unfortunately for Tate, every time she tried to break through Miles walls, she was forcibly cast out. It was heartbreaking, and as time went on, I kept finding myself thinking, girl you deserve better, drop his ass, but then he would play mind games with her and she would go right back. It made sense really. And as events played out, and the truth was revealed, my heart utterly broke for Miles. He had every right to feel the way he did. He had every right to create a love that was so ugly with Tate.

This book brought forth all the feels at all the right times, and the ending absolutely brought me to tears. I could not have been more pleased. I had a wonderful first experience with a Colleen Hoover novel, and I can’t wait to get my hands on more!! I most definitely recommend you read this book!

Buy it on Amazon now!

Release Day Launch & Excerpt: Mornings on Main by Jodi Thomas

 

From the beloved and bestselling author of the Ransom Canyon and Harmony, Texas series comes a powerful, heartwarming story about generations of family and the ironclad bonds they forge. MORNINGS ON MAIN is now available! Grab your copy today!

 

When Jillian James lands in the small town Texas community of Laurel Springs, she’s definitely not planning to stay—except to find a few clues about the father who abandoned her and destroyed her faith in family.

Connor Larady is a single dad, and the only one caring for his grandmother, Eugenia, who has Alzheimer’s. And now he has to close Eugenia’s quilt shop. When Connor meets down-on-her-luck Jillian, he’s out of options. Can he trust the newcomer to do right by his grandmother’s legacy?

Jillian is done with relationships. But as she grows closer to Connor and Eugenia, she must consider giving up her nomadic life for a future with those who need her.

An inspiring family saga that asks us to consider what love and chosen family really mean.

 

Grab you copy of MORNINGS ON MAIN here!

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EXCERPT:

He held the truck door for her, then circled around and climbed in. “Where to?”

“Somewhere quiet. I’ve been surrounded by people all day.”

“I agree. The house has been full of friends since I got Gram home. I managed to run most of them off early last night so she could sleep and again this afternoon to let Gram rest a few hours before the quilters swarmed in.”

He drove through the Hamburger Hut, picked up malts and burgers, then crossed the bridge to the old part of town. The boards over the water were uneven, rattling her from side to side like a cheap, twirling carnival ride.

Jillian raised her eyebrows but didn’t say a word. Where they were going didn’t matter. She was with the one she wanted to be with. She needed to stop worrying about lin­gering memories and just relax.

He parked by a three-story building and climbed out.

She waited, not sure what to do. The malts and burgers were still on the seat beside her. Surely they weren’t stopping here. This place was scary even in daylight. She didn’t plan on staying around to see how it looked in less than an hour.

When he opened her door, he raised his arms to catch her. “Come with me.” He encouraged as if offering far more than a lift down from the high seat.

Her legs were plenty long enough to take the step out, but she slid into his embrace. He lowered her to the ground. For moment they were so close they touched as they breathed. She thought he might lean in slightly and kiss her, but he simply brushed his cheek against her hair. “Trust me, Jillian, you’re going to like this restaurant.”

He grabbed his raincoat from behind the seat, handed her the drinks and picked up their meal.

Following him into the building, she was surprised to see how sound the old factory seemed to be. The ceiling was tall, over twenty feet. Decaying ropes still hung from pulleys, and worktables stood dusty, silently waiting for craftsmen to ar­rive. The windows were high, ribboning the building with natural light.

Staying close, she whispered as though she might disturb ghosts, “What did they used to make in here?”

“I’m not sure. I think parts of oil rigs were shipped in and assembled here. I don’t know much about it, but there’s an old Christmas tree over there in the corner.” He pointed to a six-foot structure that was formed from a mixture of valves, spools and fittings welded together.

“They’re used at oil or gas well sites. I see them in the oil fields around. I’m not really sure why they call them Christmas trees. A roughneck would have to be drunk to mistake this jumble of metal for a tree.”

She turned in a complete circle. “Nice restaurant.”

“Oh, we’re not there yet.” He pointed to a staircase along one wall. “We’ve got rooftop seating.”

Suddenly excited, she climbed ahead of him, her shoes tap­ping a rhythm in double time. At the top, she waited impa­tiently with a malt in each hand.

He juggled the bag of burgers as he shoved the heavy door open. They stepped onto the rooftop with no one else around. She could see for miles in every direction. The trees, the fields. Oil rigs, scattered homes and barns, schools and churches.

“It’s beautiful!” The sun’s low glow gave everything a golden light.

He set the bag down and spread his raincoat out like a ta­blecloth on an air vent cover. “It’s not yet, but it will be.” He pulled up two empty five-gallon buckets to use as stools.

She sat the malts down. “You’ve been to this restaurant before.”

“Guilty. But I’ve never brought anyone here. Only you.”

While he unwrapped his burger, she looked around, point­ing out everything as if he was also seeing it for the first time. “Look how winding the creek is.”

“I had no idea there were so many trees.”

“Oh, look at those horses running.” She loved the way the evening clouds moved over the land, darkening the hues of the earth in shadow as they drifted.

“It’s winter now, not near as pretty as it’ll be come spring.” He set his hamburger beside hers and came to join her near the roof’s edge. “I lease that flat land out to a farmer who plants cotton every spring. That brown dirt will look like a green carpet in a few months.”

“I won’t be here in spring.” She let the wind catch her words as she turned away from him and the view. The black tar roof beneath her feet was all she saw now, but she stared hard, willing not one tear to fall.

This time. This place she would miss. When she left, Jillian knew memories would be packed in her heart. A year from now, a decade, a lifetime, she’d still remember the beauty of this view in winter and wonder how it looked in spring.

 

“Compelling and beautifully written.” —Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times bestselling author on Ransom Canyon

 

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About Jodi Thomas:

New York Times and USA Today’s bestselling author Jodi Thomas has published over 30 books in both the historical romance and contemporary genres, the majority of which are set in her home state of Texas. Publishers Weekly calls her novels “Distinctive…Memorable,” and that in her stories “[tension] rides high, mixed with humor and kisses more passionate than most full-on love scenes.” In 2006, Romance Writers of America (RITA) inducted Thomas into the RWA Hall of Fame for winning her third RITA for THE TEXAN’S REWARD. She also received the National Readers’ Choice Award in 2009 for TWISTED CREEK (2008) and TALL, DARK, AND TEXAN (2008). While continuing to work as a novelist, Thomas also functions as Writer in Residence at the West Texas A&M University campus, where she inspires students and alumni in their own writing pursuits.

 

 

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Waiting on Wednesdays: Mornings on Main by Jodi Thomas

From the beloved and bestselling author of the Ransom Canyon and Harmony, Texas series comes a powerful, heartwarming story about generations of family and the ironclad bonds they forge. Jodi Thomas’s MORNINGS ON MAIN releases on April 10, 2018. Pre-order your copy today!

 

When Jillian James lands in the small town Texas community of Laurel Springs, she’s definitely not planning to stay—except to find a few clues about the father who abandoned her and destroyed her faith in family.

Connor Larady is a single dad, and the only one caring for his grandmother, Eugenia, who has Alzheimer’s. And now he has to close Eugenia’s quilt shop. When Connor meets down-on-her-luck Jillian, he’s out of options. Can he trust the newcomer to do right by his grandmother’s legacy?

Jillian is done with relationships. But as she grows closer to Connor and Eugenia, she must consider giving up her nomadic life for a future with those who need her.

An inspiring family saga that asks us to consider what love and chosen family really mean.

Pre-order MORNINGS ON MAIN here!

Amazon | Kindle | B&N | B-A-M | IndieBound 

Google Play | iBooks | Kobo | Book Depository

 

 

“Compelling and beautifully written.” —Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times bestselling author on Ransom Canyon

Add it to your Goodreads Now!

About Jodi Thomas:

New York Times and USA Today’s bestselling author Jodi Thomas has published over 30 books in both the historical romance and contemporary genres, the majority of which are set in her home state of Texas. Publishers Weekly calls her novels “Distinctive…Memorable,” and that in her stories “[tension] rides high, mixed with humor and kisses more passionate than most full-on love scenes.” In 2006, Romance Writers of America (RITA) inducted Thomas into the RWA Hall of Fame for winning her third RITA for THE TEXAN’S REWARD. She also received the National Readers’ Choice Award in 2009 for TWISTED CREEK (2008) and TALL, DARK, AND TEXAN (2008). While continuing to work as a novelist, Thomas also functions as Writer in Residence at the West Texas A&M University campus, where she inspires students and alumni in their own writing pursuits.

 

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Review: Lucky in Love by Kasie West

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Goodreads Summary:

Can’t buy me love…

Maddie’s not impulsive. She’s all about hard work and planning ahead. But one night, on a whim, she buys a lottery ticket. And then, to her astonishment—

She wins!

In a flash, Maddie’s life is unrecognizable. No more stressing about college scholarships. Suddenly, she’s talking about renting a yacht. And being in the spotlight at school is fun…until rumors start flying, and random people ask her for loans. Now Maddie isn’t sure who she can trust.

Except for Seth Nguyen, her funny, charming coworker at the local zoo. Seth doesn’t seem aware of Maddie’s big news. And, for some reason, she doesn’t want to tell him. But what will happen if he learns her secret?


My Review

I didn’t have super high expectations for Lucky in Love, but I had hoped that I would at least enjoy it a little more. Unfortunately, it was about as mediocre as a high school romance can possibly get. I was definitely hesitant when I read the description. An 18 year old girl wins the lottery and her whole life changes, but during all of the money madness, she still finds herself falling in love with the cute boy she works with. Cheesy right? Well yup, it sure was.

There was nothing wholly exciting about this book. Everything that happened was just so  completely predictable. I really wanted events to play out differently. I thought, maybe they will make this story ablout more than a teenager winning a bunch of money, getting in over her head, and ruining the relationships around her. But nope, that just about happens. SPOILER ALERT. Not that you weren’t thinking it already right?

I had heard fairly good things about Kasie West’s P.S. I Like You, so I thought I would give this one a try after receiving it as a gift. Unfortunately, this makes me super reluctant to give that book a try now. Any thoughts on this author and her other work? I wish I could recommend Lucky in Love to readers, but all I can really give it, is that it was a quick read. It’s a good in-between book, but otherwise it’s not much to be excited about.

Buy it on Amazon here, if you are so inclined lol.