#BookReview Wedding Peach by Nao Yazawa

Wedding Peach by Nao Yazawa is a unique, little manga that gave me major Sailor Moon vibes!

Growing up, I loved Sailor Moon, Winx Club, Magical Melodies and all of those other girl power stories. So, it was only natural I’d move towards this book.

If you cross bred Sailor Moon with weddings, I’m convinced you’d get this book! In this little, lovely manga, you’ll find a story packed full of girl power, pretty dresses and love!

For me, this isn’t the best manga I’ve ever read. It’s pretty beat for beat what I’ve read in other girl power manga stories – girls with powers, romantic love interests, friendship, bad guy fighting, etc. Peach learns about her powers, suddenly is a super awesome fighter and starts taking care of the world of love! The boy she likes is a jerk, but man is he handsome! This is definitely a YA manga!

Despite these little tropes, I still think it’s very fun and a nice read to get your mind away from the world. As long as you understand this is almost like a B-rated version of Sailor Moon, you’ll enjoy it.

If you love manga and girl power, I’d highly recommend this book. I think it’s just too cute to pass up. I love a great manga that is fun, fluffy and easy to enjoy. I could have easily binged it, but I decided to take my time. it’s pretty rare for me to pick up a manga so I wanted to make it count!

Three out of five stars!

 

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If you love fun and fantasy, here’s some other books you may enjoy:
#BookReview Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey
#BookReview Loki’s Wolves by K.A. Armstrong and M.A. Marr
#BookReview Seizure by Kathy Reichs

 

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#BookReview A Reluctant Attraction by Rosanna Leo

Rosanna Leo sits high upon the Canadian romance writer throne for me. I dare you to bring me a better Canadian romance author! Jokes on you though… You’re providing me more Canadian authors to binge!

I LOVE the Handymen series. I can’t get enough of it and they just make me all around happy. If you want a sweet, romance with a splash of comedy then you’ve found the right series.

Finally, Nick Zorn gets his own book! He meets the wonderful Claire, and as you can imagine they are quite smitten with each other. He had a rough go with his ex releasing some not so nice comments over social media, but he’s still lovable! Claire also had a rough go of things, if we want to put it lightly. Her husband died years ago and she hasn’t exactly gotten back on the saddle yet. Did I mention that she runs a cat sanctuary? It’s almost like Rosanna Leo wondered what exact plot line would make me swoon and have my heart grow five sizes too big!

The book starts off with intrigue – there’s a meeting coming for the boys and it’s causing them anxiety. We find out what’s happening shortly, but the initial draw in was fantastic! It really made me want to desperately cling to the book and find out what was going to happen next.

Then we get into the meat of the story. This book is sugar, spice and everything nice all wrapped up into one. We get amazing, romantic lines such as ‘In her, he found his home.” If that doesn’t just make you want to scream like a young school girl going to her favourite boy bands’ concert in delight, are you even reading the same book as me? It’s so sugary sweet and undeniably adorable!

Side note:

  1. “Decks with Nick” sounds like the goofiest show, but I wouldn’t be surprised if HGTV had something like that. It’s just a boring Marketing name that made me smirk slightly. It sounds like a contractor came up with it. The name they actually use is way better!
  2. Nick + Cats = Uh oh. But don’t worry, they won’t hate him forever. He has a fairly interesting story about why him and cats don’t get along.
  3. Lazy contractors exist and they suck. Everyone has dealt with them.
  4. “There was something sacrilegious about dismantling a shrine.” This line…. This line hit home. I lost my Father years ago and my family coming in and moving/ruining his stuff felt like torture. I understood the feelings and emotions behind this line too much. That’s why this book is so good though – it’s relatable in all the right ways.
  5. Following your dreams! Ah, it’s romantic to think about the things we could do and the dreams we could follow.
  6. Cats. Lots of cats. More cats. All about cats. I like it.

Overall, Nick and Claire are perfect for each other. I’m glad this book introduced me to them because they brought me lots of joy during some hard times. The awkward and funny comments between them felt so real and reminded me of the best romances around. They remind me why I love romance.

Five out of five stars.

I received this book for free from the author, Rosanna Leo, in exchange of an honest review.

Wanna read this book? Maybe buy it? Here are some helpful links to help you get ahold of this gem:
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If you wanna pick up more books by this fantastic romance author, follow the links below:
A Good Man by Rosanna Leo
An Irresistible Force by Rosanna Leo

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Don’t have enough romance books? Don’t worry! I’ve got you covered – and all of them have been featured on my blog!:
Worth the Whisk by Melissa Williams
The Never Have I Ever Club by Mary Jayne Baker
School Ties by Tamsen Parker

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#BookReview An Irresistible Force by Rosanna Leo

An Irresistible Force by Rosanna Leo is an absolute delight and continues to be one of my fave, new series!

Rosanna Leo is one of my recent favourite romance authors. Her books feel real, honest but also completely adorable. I get whisked away from the craziness of our world and into a fictional universe that could easily be my own (I am Canadian, so the location isn’t too far off).

An Irresistible Force is the second book in the Handymen series. It’s a truly marvellous series that follows some Canadian handymen (shocker, I know) who have a home building/renovation show (think Property Brothers). I am a sucker for romances that remind me of Property Brothers, so this book series is perfect for me! Also, who doesn’t want to imagine sexy men building stuff and being all romantic? It’s great.

Anywho, time for the review:

This book brings Eli Zorn, one of the fantastic brothers who is a landscaper, into the lead. He mets Bernadette “Bernie” Nolan, who’s a bit eccentric (and becomes a monkey wrench in Eli’s plans) but is trying to protect the house and land the boys are working on. Peter Nolan, Bernie’s uncle and Eli’s mentor, is a giant in the landscaping business but it starting a wee bit of trouble for the both of them. These two tussle and tango up in Muskoka, Ontario in a fantastic romance that will remind you good things come to those who wait and life isn’t always what we expect it.

There’s so much emotion and feeling in this book but there’s also so much romance and comedy. It feels like the perfect mix for someone who wants to disappear into a book. We have sad moments, awkward confrontations, moments of fury, and some of the best romantic comedy I’ve seen in a long time all tied up in this book. There’s also some of the best quotes I’ve ever seen, such as “Saved by the chicken dance!”.

The ending will make your heart swell, especially if you like HEA romances. This series is all around great and I highly recommend it to romantic comedy fans.

Five out of five stars.

I received a free copy of this book from the author, Rosanna Leo, in exchange of an honest review.

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Looking for more romance books to pile onto your TBR? Here are some other books featured on my blog that you will enjoy:
#BookReview After the Blitz by Savannah Adams
#BookReview A Good Man by Rosanna Leo
#BookReview Waltz With Me, Matilda by Tamsen Parker

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#BookReview A Good Man by Rosanna Leo

A Good Man by Rosanna Leo is one hot romance, my goodness!

I came into this book expecting a nice romance with a contractor and some drama. Then I got reading it and it was WAY better than I expected. Like, WAY BETTER. Can we bold an italicize and every other formatting thing we can do for those two words? 

So, I better get to explaining why so it all makes sense:

First of all, this book is based in Canada. It gives me Property Brothers vibes with a group of brothers making a television show out of renovating houses. 

Side note: If you have watched Property Brothers, you 100% have a crush on one of them. This book makes so much sense. This book was the Johnathan story and OMG did it make me feel like I could just throw Johnathan in there as a fan fiction and OMG this book was meant for me.

Back to the review and away from Briar’s fingerling: So we meet Michael who’s one of the brothers on this show. He’s the contractor, is super hot, and has a dark past (which we learn about later). His crew are all helping Emily renovate a house to make it suitable for her organic soup business. If that doesn’t sound like half of the people that go on these property shows then I don’t know what is. But, she’s engaged to Trent. Trent is the biggest jerk on the face of the planet: he’s manipulative, mean, and to throw in more alliterations, all around awful. I don’t think anyone likes Trent except himself. 

Michael and Emily hit it off and we can tell they are totally made for each other. They are supportive of each other and have heart eyes. Buuuut, their exes are both hanging around and making this story packed full of drama. As we go along, the book gets hot and heavy for Michael and Emily (honestly, if you want some really sexy scenes, grab this book). The romance doesn’t really start until about halfway through the book, which I can also respect. I like romances where they aren’t suddenly in love and ta da, finished! This book took it’s time to establish a relationship and make it feel real. 

It’s a fantastic romance, in short. I really loved Michael and Emily’s dynamic. Buuuut, there’s more. There’s always more, isn’t there?

This book does a great job of having mental health awareness apart of it. PTSD is featured and it’s taken seriously. It’s not a joke in anyway. I can respect this book for making a romance with realistic aspects of life in it, not make it a joke but also not make the book feel depressing for addressing it. Rosanna Leo did an incredible job.

Overall, this book is what I wanted in a romance. It was a great escape during these crazy times. The book feels real yet also is a magical wonderland to escape from the insanity of reality.

Best quote of the book: “Seize the day. Seize the man!” I am totally gonna use that one now!

Five out of five stars!

I received a free copy of this book from the author, Rosanna Leo, in exchange of an honest review.

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If you love romance, here are some other books featured on my blog that you might enjoy:
#BookReview Tiny House, Big Love by Olivia Dade
#BookReview Christmas Treats by Melissa Williams, Piper Rayne and more…
#BookReview My Hallowe’en Heartbreak by Melanie Ting

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#BookReview Worth the Whisk by Melissa Williams

Worth the Whisk by Melissa Williams is a must read romantic comedy with lots of baking puns.

Honestly, this series just keeps getting better! Who doesn’t want a couple that breaks the stereotypical mold for their jobs and are also just completely awesome together? To top it off, the comedy is awesome, the romance is hot and the writing is phenomenal. I love this series.

This book introduces us to August, she goes by Gus, who is a plumber and her soon to be beau Harrison who is a baker. If you read the first book (which you don’t need to do – this series is a standalone series where everything is connected but you don’t need to read one book to understand the others), you’ll know him because he’s Cassidy’s brother. The two of them own Bake, Rattle and Roll which is the cutest bakery in Toronto (well, I think it’s the cutest. It might not be officially). The two have realistic back stories that make them feel so much real and authentic. Honestly, I’m digging the unique, diverse but totally believable back stories. You get tired of the “cute, blonde girl from New York” after a while. Anywho, Gus is Croatian and lost her Mom to cancer, and Harrison was adopted.

These two are just sweet! They meet in a bar and their relationship slowly (and then really quickly) develops. It’s hot, it’s heavy and it’s absolutely delightful! Harrison is basically a dream dude – he is willing to wait hours for her. He’s almost too good to be true! But he’s not – he’s a delight.

This book has hot and sexy scenes making it a much more adult romance book and nowhere near the PG contemporary you might expect it to be. I absolutely love it! I need more sexy romantic comedies in my life and this was it!

Overall, this book is absolutely delightful and a must read! I will be continuing to grab every Melissa Williams book I can get my hands on because I love them. Also, she’s Canadian so I enjoy supporting my fellow friends up here in the North.

Five out of five stars.

I received this book for free from the author in exchange of an honest review.

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Loving the romance reads? Here are some other books on my blog that you might enjoy:
#BookReview Donut Disturb by Melissa Williams
#BookReview A Bicycle Made for Two by Mary Jayne Baker
#BookReview Love Comes for the Rock Star by Savannah Adams

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#BookReview Waltz With Me, Matilda by Tamsen Parker

Short story time!!!

Ah, another lovely tale that whisked me away to a land of dance and thrills.

Waltz With Me, Matilda is a great short story by the always lovely Tamsen Parker. Matilda and Sebastian make quite the pair of neighbours, who might just be interested in a little bit more…

He is a writer, and Tilda inspires him. But, she doesn’t know that. She has always lusted over him – that neighbour down the hall that helps her out when she has to peace out for days at a time. He’s a great friend and is always there to help. Yet, she wants more. When she propositions him, he comes to her dance class and opens up a world of opportunity to her… And there may be a bit of dominance in the bedroom, if ya know what I mean. Which, you better – I made it kind of obvious with that sentence, just saying.

This book is so hot and is the sweetest little gem I’ve found in a while. It makes me feel all ooey gooey and was just the right amount of Tamsen Parker to remind me how much I love her writing, while I wait for her next book. It’s like Christmas in July for me over here!

Five out of five stars.

You can find more books by Tamsen Parker littered throughout my blog. Give one of these reviews/books a try:
#BookReview Love, All by Tamsen Parker
#BookReview If I Loved You Less by Tamsen Parker
#BookReview For Her Own Good by Tamsen Parker
#BookReview Hot for the Holidays by Marie Force, Tamsen Parker et. al

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#BookReview The Never Have I Ever Club by Mary Jayne Baker

Ahh, romance is in the air! This February I’ve loaded the bloggity with lots of romances, and here’s another lovely one! Mary Jayne Baker is definitely up there for my fave romance authors. Give this rom-com a look-see!

 

Mary Jayne Baker is proving to be a Queen of romantic comedy, let me tell ya!

I’ve been enjoying books by Miss Mary Jayne and couldn’t resist when I saw this book floating around on NetGalley. Because it’s so good, I even bought myself a copy too! I can’t get enough of these super sugary sweet romantic comedies because they are just so feel good! And full of laughs! Man, it’s been a long time since I’ve been able to consistently find romantic comedies that have me giggling!

So, we have this group of friends who named their little get together group. The Marry, Shag, Kill Group became so many other titles, but finally settled on The Never Have I Ever Club! So a new group is formed and is gonna try to do something new that they always wanted to try! A fair amount of these folks are elderly, and we all know they will have time left in life to learn. This all came about though because Robyn’s ex broke up with her, and now she appears to be falling for his twin brother, Will. Did I mention Will’s a hot doctor? That totally helps.

This adorable pair slowly begins to fall for each other, and they lean on each other in tough times. They are quite the pair! I liked watching this slow burn romance develop over time, to be brutally honest. It was a great change from the sudden love at first sight books I’ve been picking up recently.

There’s so many fun pop culture references in this book that it has me grinning. Honestly, I think these books are just a barrel full of fun (or monkeys, whatever quote you want, really).

My only potential negative is that this book could be a little bit shorter and the story wouldn’t have changed. But, that’s just my opinion! I still think the book is an absolute delight and it doesn’t affect my enjoyment at all.

If you like romantic comedies, this is a fun book to pick up! It’s a laugh out loud funny kind of book with a wonderful friendship growing into romance trope that will melt your heart away. I couldn’t get enough of this book and I know I’ll be following Mary Jayne Baker in the future because I think her books are just fantastic. I am definitely in her reader base! What a talent!

Four out of five stars.

Thank you to NetGalley and Aria for providing me a free copy of this book in exchange of an honest review.

If you love romance, here’s some other books featured on my blog that you’ll love:
#BookReview Seeing Colour by Amber Faucher
#BookReview The Perfect Fit by Mary Jayne Baker
#BookReview A Bicycle Made for Two by Mary Jayne Baker

 

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#BookReview School Ties by Tamsen Parker

Time for a little #throwbackthursday for my next February Valentine’s Day special! This is one of my original reviews of an amazing book by Tamsen Parker. The structure and formatting is a little different because it’s a flashback to what I thought might be a good look for my blog. I hope you enjoy the review and the throwback!

Just when you think Tamsen Parker has reached her peak, she introduces a new forbidden fruit that left me breathless.

Title: School Ties Author: Tamsen Parker Date Read: August 21st-September 6th, 2016 Date Reviewed: September 11th, 2016 Spoilers Ahead?: Yes! Introduction: I love Tamsen Parker (and that’s no secret) and every time she writes another book I am grasping desperately to try to get a hold of it. So when I was able to get my hands on School Ties (since Tamsen is totally amazing!!) I almost fangirled myself to death. And then I read the book, and I was silently begging Tamsen to stop (and by stop, I mean stop giving me a heart attack with her super sexy stories!). She stepped her game up with this novel! A pinch of BDSM and sexy time, a few splashes of ex drama, a handful of strong characters and then she added dump truck of forbidden romance. Quick Summary: Erin Brewster begins to teach at a boys boarding school – Hawthorn Hill. She notices a certain student, Zach Shepard, and instantly sparks flash. Their eyes linger over the school year, and feelings flutter. Flash forward three years after Zach’s grad, and here is he back to tempt Erin. They haven’t forgotten each other, and soon enough they’ll be begging for each other’s company… Evaluations: I had no words when I first finished this novel. I had to wait a few days to even write this because my brain couldn’t wrap around how Tamsen stepped her game up. Not only did she include her typical, hot, sexy BDSM time, but she added a flicker of forbidden romance as well? Tamsen is doing what most writers don’t – she’s growing!! And that makes my inner fangirl super happy and desperate to get her writing more! Or at least get her books more recognition!! The book was told in both Erin and Zach’s point of view. This gave an added umph to the story since we got to see both of their thoughts and not just one. It opened up the readers to the thoughts of the characters, and we understood what was going on inside of their head. I typically don’t like multiple POVs in past books, but in this story it fit perfectly! I also enjoyed the realistic aspects of the story – Erin starts a new job and actually feels self conscious! I can’t list enough books where the characters are glowing and perfect the first day on the job. Every time I’ve done something new (new job, new school, etc) I am definitely not glowing with self confidence! Tamsen does a beautiful job showing this, and this makes Erin so much more relatable! The angst, drama and love in this story is just overall fantastic. Tamsen opens up more and explores! While there isn’t as much crazy BDSM/sexy time like some of her past books, it’s still great! Erin deals with drama before she meets Shep and that makes her grow as a character, so when the story finally progresses and we see more of adult Shep, we understand the struggles our main woman has dealt with. Overall, I loved it! It’s a step up in the plot and character building department! Plot: Tamsen’s plot building skills have definitely improved. While I love all of her old books (and their plots are uber sexy) there seemed to be more plot than sexy time in this novel! While I do love some great sex scenes, I love a wicked plot as well! Erin Brewster’s troubles before Shep are a bit drawn out and I wanted more Zach in those scenes, but it gave a beautiful insight into the character. We saw her struggles and into her mind. I liked understanding her instead of just sex scene after sex scene. To me, it made her more relatable than Tamsen’s past characters. I felt for Erin and I understood how she saw the world. When we got to Zach’s scenes, I felt like it was a little to late. I kept yearning and yearning for Zach and Erin to have some kind of fling or flirty scene before he left, but it didn’t happen. Yet Tamsen didn’t disappoint! When Zach was brought back, the sex scenes were super sexy and hot. The long, drawn out wait made those scenes even better. When Zach explains his life in a sex club (and how he’s a virgin? That was a strange twist) I wanted to read more about it. I wanted to see maybe a flash back chapter or an insight into that part of his memory. His explanations were so interesting, and I felt like his back story could have been a novel all on it’s own!! If anything, his back story felt out of place without the chapters to back it up, but Tamsen still made it work! I would love for Tamsen to make an ebook or side story explaining that, similar to how she made more books in India’s series to see other aspects of that world. Characters: Erin Brewster – She’s a realistic and relatable character, which is great for a sexy, BDSM book. She gets nervous and has second thoughts and deals with real issues. I loved that! She wasn’t just some sex toy in the book for the man. The woman tries her best when dealing with her issues in the first half of the book. While I’ve seen other reviewers put down this aspect of the story, I felt like it fit her character. She married a man to keep her job, because she’s young and wants her job. I know many people who are in new jobs and let themselves get pushed around because they need their job. She then stays with the man she marries so she can keep the job. While in real life I would have kicked that guy to the curb, she’s young and she’s really trying. Zach Shepard – Zach was an interesting character, and for a romance and BDSM book it was odd to read his POV, but that also made this book stand above the others. I didn’t expect to see his side of the story, but we did! As stated earlier I would have loved some more chapters relating to his back story. Him being a changed man was interesting, and makes sense since he went away to another school, but I would have liked to see more of it. He was definitely a hot character, and I could place his personality on a few guys I know, so relatable-ness was met on this character! Seeing Erin and Zach both work through forming a relationship was also nice, so I thoroughly enjoyed his character development. Themes/Creativity: I wouldn’t say there were any distinct themes in this novel (it’s a romance, BDSM type book) but there was creativity for days in this book! Seeing Erin’s issues before she meets Zach is definitely creative compared to other books. I’ve read many romance novels where the main character complains about her past issues, but I’ve never seen the book actually display them. I also really enjoyed seeing both Zach and Erin’s POV in this novel. I liked seeing Tamsen step up her game with adding forbidden romance with BDSM in this novel and I would love to see her experiment more with these different topics in future books! Uniqueness: I’ll combine the uniqueness with creativity together. Most of the unique aspects of this novel were also the most creative aspects. Strengths: Character growth, the plot, the realism of the situations in the story – these are all wonderful strengths in my eyes. I enjoyed Tamsen’s growth in writing, and I can’t wait to see more! Weaknesses: The lack of Shep’s background story felt like the biggest weakness. I would have liked to read more on that! It wouldn’t have added anything crazy to the novel and it wasn’t a necessity, but I would still like to read it! Score: 5 out of 5. Despite the little issues here and there, I loved the book. I didn’t really see any weaknesses while reading the book, it was only after when I thought about it and compared it to other novels that are somewhat similar that I started coming up with “problems”. Tamsen did a fantastic job, and I’ll be reading this book over and over again! Tamsen stepped her game up and did a wonderful job with this book! It’s an addicting read that I read in one sitting, and I couldn’t put it down. It’s rare for me to literally sit down and finish a book all in one sitting, I can name only two other books I’ve done that with – Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell and Hamlet by Shakespeare. That definitely puts Tamsen high in my books, when I literally restart the book on one day and finish it in that same sitting.

You can find more books by Tamsen Parker littered throughout my blog. Give one of these reviews/books a try: #BookReview Love, All by Tamsen Parker #BookReview If I Loved You Less by Tamsen Parker #BookReview For Her Own Good by Tamsen Parker #BookReview Hot for the Holidays by Marie Force, Tamsen Parker et. al

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#BookReview Wild Cowboy Ways by Carolyn Brown

Ah, it’s the season of love! February comes around and it’s the perfect time to pick up an adorable romance. This month I will feature tons and tons of my fave romance books. Hopefully you find a new book to add to your TBR! Here’s one of my guilty pleasure reads by Carolyn Brown:

 

Carolyn Brown’s Lucky Penny Ranch series is 100% one of my guilty pleasures. I love curling up with a cup of tea, a warm blanket and this series and just binging my little heart out. It’s sweet, delightful and the happily ever after book I need! Who doesn’t love a super adorable romance?

I ended up grabbing book #3 a couple years back and had been working on grabbing the remainder of Carolyn Brown’s books ever since. I managed to grab a few at a local book store and they’ve been sitting and calling my name for quite a while. I needed something ooey, gooey and lovable, so I picked this book up! I was not disappointed!

Allie Logan is a trades girl and ends up getting hired by Blake Dawson to help fix up his house. He’s a new, hot cowboy in town at a very famously bad luck stricken ranch. The two end up working together on his house, and slowly but surely find out they like each other’s company a bit more than just friends… well, more than a bit! It’s hot and steamy levels of “a bit”.

There are so many great one liners in this book! Not only do you get all the cute romance and sexy, steamy scenes but you also get comedy! I was giggling and chuckling and oohing and ahhing my way through the book. I absolutely adorable how lovable the characters were, how relatable the characters are, and just how great Carolyn writes. This book was so easy to read and fall into!

Irene is hilarious, but the boys also get some quirky one liners in there as well. That kept me chugging along through the book.

There are negatives in this book, but they are more little annoyances for me than anything. Every woman falls over every man in this book. It’s kind of amusing, but also seems unrealistic. I don’t live in such a tiny town though, so maybe it’s more accurate than I think it is? I do know that small towns are gossipy, heck my town is and it’s not that small! Somehow everyone knows everybody’s business – it was somewhat annoying, but it does happen!

I highly recommend this book if you love cute romance, hot cowboys, a spectacular series or are just seeking some HEA in your life.

Overall, this is just a wonderful book! It’s romantic, it’s feisty and it’s funny. It has everything I needed in a happily, ever after romance with sexy cowboys in it. I will one hundred and fifty percent be picking up as many books of this series (and other books by Carolyn Brown) that I can to sink into my guilty pleasure more.

Four out of five stars!

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#BookReview Warming My Winter Heart by Michelle Cornish

Warming My Winter Heart by Michelle Cornish is a delightful and sweet romance read!

I’m the kind of girl who likes to curl up on the couch with a blanket, a warm cup of tea and a great contemporary book that will whisk me away into a story. Warming My Winter Heart did just that! This adorably fun romance novel will let you escape and have a little soap opera-esque drama in your life as well.

Lexi Blair is coming home from L.A. because she heard her ex-fiancé has died. Even if they didn’t get along, the poor girl is upset over this. Yet, surprises are bound for this girl because he’s not actually dead… and he wouldn’t mind getting back together. This nasty scheme implemented by people in her close circle is just one of many dramatic plot twists that will have you glued to the edge of you seat and enjoying the soap opera-ness this book has to offer! But it gets better guys! There might be another handsome man waiting in the wings that Lexi can chase after… John is just the guy for her, but he’s got his own problems to deal with.

I really liked this book! It’s a soft, sweet, contemporary book that is easy to read and moves at a fast pace. The romance doesn’t start until about halfway through the book so it’s also quite the slow burn. The world develops, we meet the characters and then we get into the real action.

Other positives in list form:

  1. A puppy named Prince William – because why not? He’s adorable, he’s got an awesome name and he’s quite the trouble maker.
  2. Oh Canada! This book is set in a fictional Canadian city but it’s a great Canadian read regardless! I love supporting Canadian authors and I love reading Canadian fiction. Have I said Canadian enough for you yet? No? How about one more “Canadian” to make a statement?
  3. Accounting and Marketing are mentioned in this book as careers. For some reason, I rarely come across romance novels that have those careers. It’s kind of random, but to me it was a bonus!
  4. The world and characters are not perfect. Don’t you hate those characters that are Mary Sue’s and seem to have it all going for them? These characters have real problems and act real. I felt like I would actually now some of these characters if they magically popped out of the book and came alive. I like stories where the people are realistic and relatable. Not everyone has a perfect, little life!
  5. The best friend’s name is Briar. I am Briar. This is mega cool! Other than Sleeping Beauty (Briar Rose), I rarely see the name Briar pop up anywhere. It’s goofy, but again – you gotta find the small things in life that make you happy.
  6. The book is about 200 pages long, which for me is the perfect length for a dramatic romance. The book doesn’t feel like it’s too short and it doesn’t feel like it drags on. The length is literally perfect in my mind. It’s also not so big and daunting that you don’t want to read it. The book is manageable – which sounds awful in writing but is a huge bonus for readers like me.
  7. You can easily put this book down and jump back into it later. Because the book is not overly complicated, it’s one of those books that if you don’t want to binge read it (why wouldn’t you though? It’s amazing), then you can set it down for a couple days and come back to it. I also like that as a reader who tends to have a lot going on (and I read this over the holidays, so as you can imagine things can get a little crazy).
  8. The cover is adorable! And did I mention there’s a tree farm in the book? Yeah. This book has so many Canadian winter vibes. I love it!

Overall, this book is spectacular, fantastic and marvellous!

I, of course, am a little biased because a character is named after me (yay best friend Briar!) and I was mentioned in the author’s notes (literally one of my life goals!) but I still think it’s an amazing read. I highly recommend it to romance lovers seeking an easy read with lots of drama. Michelle Cornish is a writer to watch out for! Seriously, her books need more attention. I’ll be grabbing more of Michelle’s book as soon as possible. Join me in this adventure! Grab this book and chat (or gossip) with me about it!

Five out of five stars!

I received a free copy of this book from the author, Michelle Cornish, in exchange of an honest review.

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