Wednesday, June 7, 2023

New Release and Review - Forbidden Hearts by Corinne Michaels

New release from Corinne Michaels, Forbidden Hearts is a contemporary romance featuring a grumpy single dad and the nanny.

First rule of being a nanny? Don’t fall for the single dad, even if he is smoking hot.

But that’s exactly what happens when grumpy small-town sheriff Asher Whitlock reluctantly hires me to take care of his daughter for the summer. Neither of us is thrilled with the arrangement, but he’s desperate for help, and I need the money for grad school this fall.

All we need to do is keep our distance and remain professional . . . turns out, that’s easier said than done.

Instead of focusing on my future, all I see is the strong jawline, crystal-blue eyes, and rock-hard body right in front of me. We try to resist each other, but we end up crossing every line until I’m in his bed.

I tell myself it’s just this once.

Okay, twice.

All right, every night.

But it’s got to end–he’s fourteen years older than me, with a kid and a stressful job. Have I mentioned my dad is his boss? Then there’s the past I’m trying to forget. Secrets aren’t easy to keep and mine are getting too big to hide.

Walking away is never simple but when I do, I can’t look back.

Even if it means leaving behind the man I was never meant to love.

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Corinne has done it again. Forbidden Hearts will grab at your emotions and keep hold until the last page. I loved both Phoebe and Asher. Their road to love was full of turns and unexpected twists they needed to navigate. This book needs to be at the top of your to read list. Grab it and enjoy the ride!

Corinne Michaels is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of romance novels. Her stories are chock full of emotion, humor, and unrelenting love, and she enjoys putting her characters through intense heartbreak before finding a way to heal them through their struggles.

Corinne is a former Navy wife and happily married to the man of her dreams. She began her writing career after spending months away from her husband while he was deployed--reading and writing were her escapes from the loneliness. Corinne now lives in Virginia with her husband and is the emotional, witty, sarcastic, and fun-loving mom of two beautiful children.

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Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Review - I Should Have Said Something by Kim Boykin


I Should Have Said Something is the latest release from author Kim Boykin. "This is the story of Maisie, who followed all the rules and did everything she was supposed to do. She was a devoted daughter, a loving wife, a supportive sister, and a doting mother. She took care of everyone - except herself." - Goodreads User

Never being good at saying what she wants has kept Maisie Carver in a less-than-shiny thirty-two-year marriage, and she wants out. But she just can't get up the nerve to tell her husband, Rhys. So, she's survived the last decade trying to take advantage of her recent forgetfulness and forget that after spending half her life with Rhys, he still doesn't know her, doesn't know how lonely she feels when she's in the same room with him. But the forgetfulness, much like her dad's Alzheimer's, never works when she needs it to.

Somewhere in a shit storm of mid-life crisis and regret, Masie discovers her 85-year-old mother's bucket list. A concise one with only one thing left undone; Mom wants to see the redwoods before she dies. The fact that Mom has carried this yearning for 85 years makes Masie want to see the trees too. Even if that means going with her oldest sister, Julia, who abandoned Masie when she needed her most.

After everything that could go wrong in California goes off-the-charts wrong, Masie finds herself 3,000 miles from home amongst the redwoods with the sister she once adored. Much like Rhys, Julia has always made Masie feel like she was never smart enough, beautiful enough. Just never enough.

While Masie soon learns her perfect husband and sister are anything but, she discovers the fabulous new creature she was meant to be.

To begin, I will say that I very rarely read this genre of books. A post about the book popped up in my newsfeed and the blurb sounded interesting. I’m glad I gave it a chance. I really enjoyed it. I Should Have Said Something is about Maisie’s life and how she handles an unhappy marriage, grief, worries about her children, her sisters, her parents, and how she overcomes all this to be happy with the changes in her life. Definitely one to read.

Kim Boykin is a fiction writer with a sassy Southern streak. She is the author of I SHOULD HAVE SAID SOMETHING, ECHOES OF MERCY, A PEACH OF A PAIR, PALMETTO MOON and THE WISDOM OF HAIR, all women's fiction novels. MAN SHOPPING: THE 50+ WOMAN'S GUIDE TO ONLINE DATING is her foray into nonfiction. Her contemporary romance novellas from the Tule Publishing Group include SWEET HOME CAROLINA, CAUGHT UP IN YOU, JUST IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS, FLIRTING WITH FOREVER, SHE'S THE ONE and STEAL ME, COWBOY.

When she's not traveling, in search of high adventure, she lives in Sedona, AZ and has a heart for hairstylist, librarians, and total book junkies like herself.

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