BOOK REVIEW: Rescuing Harmony Ranch by Jennie Marts

BOOK REVIEW: Rescuing Harmony Ranch by Jennie MartsRescuing Harmony Ranch by Jennie Marts
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After her grandmother calls her asking for help, Jocelyn drops everything and heads back home to Harmony Creek, Colorado. Her grandmother runs a living history museum: a ranch and homestead where volunteers wear clothing from the early 1900s and demonstrate how things were done in the old West, from making soap to shearing sheep. The place is in financial trouble, and it needs the revenue from the annual festival to survive.

There’s just one thing that makes this a little awkward: Mack, who’s divorced, and who’s now the caretaker and blacksmith at the homestead. Jocelyn and Mack have their own shared history, which includes both stolen kisses and teenage rivalry.

Even as the past and present collide, they have to save Harmony Ranch. Matchmaking grannies, a meddling mutt, and a flood of fun festival activities might just be enough to overcome their differences and forge two broken hearts back together.


Rescuing Harmony Ranch was a charming story filled with heart, romance and family. If you adore Hallmark movies, second chance romance and happily ever afters, then you’ll definitely want this one on your tbr!

“I miss everything about this place,” she whispered, hoping he knew she meant him too, even though she couldn’t bring herself to say it out loud.

Jocelyn Stone was forced to leave Colorado with her mom, when she was a teen, and move to NYC.  She left behind her Gram and boyfriend, Mack Talbot.  Ten years later she’s back.  And while she thought memories from her past would haunt her, she didn’t expect to see Mack.  Especially not with him living and working on Harmony Ranch.  But now they’re going to have to pull together, to save her Gram’s ranch.  And it’s the start of a brand new adventure!

They’d broken each other’s hearts— not intentionally, but it had hurt all the same. This one moment felt like a chance to heal some of that pain… to start anew.

I adored Jocelyn.  She was a hard worker who loved deeply.  The moment family needed help, she dropped everything to go take care of them.  But between her job, helping take care of her Gram and trying to save the ranch, she had her hands full.  Thankfully there was Mack to help her out.  And while they were childhood friends and then sweethearts, they could be so awkward around each other at times.  Other times they fit together so seamlessly.  You could tell that they both were interested in the other, but there was 10 years of misunderstandings in their way.  With so much that needed to be said, I wondered which one of them was going to take that first step.

“Just dance with me. Don’t think about all that other stuff. Leave the past behind us and the future ahead of us, and just be in this moment . Here. Now. With me.”
She let out a breath and relaxed in his arms. He drew her even closer and moved them around the grassy dance floor.

I screamed out loud when I realized that we also got Mack’s POV.  After just a few pages with him, I was so attached!  Mack had this gentle, soothing manner to him, but you could tell that his emotions ran strongly through his veins.  Especially since he seemed to remember everything from their past.  And the way he was thoughtful, kind and considerate to Jocelyn, it all melted my heart!  But my heart also broke for Mack, he knew that Jocelyn was going to leave again.  Just like last time.  I kept the hope alive and my fingers crossed.  Ohhhh and I absolutely loved Mack’s dog, Savage!  He was the hugest sweetie ever and his antics had me constantly smiling when he was on the pages.

He held her gaze, his voice dropping to a husky whisper. “I would do anything for you.”
She sucked in a sharp inhale at the intensity of his words.

There was a gaping hole between Jocelyn and Mack that they needed to work through.  But both of their Grandmothers, who were also best friends, loved to meddle.  I enjoyed watching them try to discreetly push Mack and Jocelyn together.  But trying to save the ranch also did that too. Shared meals, brainstorming meetings, dancing by the lake and so much more captivated me.  Not only did I find myself rooting for the ranch to be saved, but for Jocelyn and Mack to be together too.

“When is the last time you let your heart decide?”
She swallowed. “Never.”
“Maybe it’s time you gave your heart a chance.”

Romance lovers will be delighted with Rescuing Harmony Ranch!  This story was so adorable and a lot of fun.  I couldn’t stop smiling at their antics and everything that unfolded.  And I kept thinking that this would be the perfect Hallmark movie!  If you’re a fan of romance that is sweet, there’s a great chance you’ll fall hard for this book too!

*I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book, provided by the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

BOOK REVIEW: The Problem With Cupid (Holiday Romance #2) by Robin Daniels

BOOK REVIEW: The Problem With Cupid (Holiday Romance #2) by Robin DanielsThe Problem With Cupid (Holiday Romance #2)
by Robin Daniels
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After Evan's relationship fail during Christmas vacation, he heads back to college with a new plan. It's time for a break from dating. He doesn't want to quit the game completely though. Garland, his funny, lovable, down-to-earth roommate, is constantly talking to girls. And never asking them out.

Evan might be on a romantic hiatus but that doesn't mean he can't help his best friend find love. So, when Evan meets Abby in student government class, he trades in his player card for Cupid's bow. She and Garland would be perfect together and it doesn't take a rocket scientist to know they'll never hook up without help.

His matchmaking scheme works brilliantly. A little too brilliantly. By the time Garland and Abby start hitting it off, Evan has grown quite fond of her. That's the problem with playing Cupid. If you're not careful, you run the risk of getting shot by your own arrow.


The Problem With Cupid was so cute and I couldn’t stop smiling.  If you’re looking for a quick read and enjoy NA Romance that’s sweet and adorable, then you’ll want to add this one to your tbr!

The first rule of being just friends with a girl is that you can’t kiss her. No matter how tempting it is. Especially when you’re trying to hook her up with your roommate.

I read The Trouble With Christmas and absolutely cherished that story.  Evan was the brother’s best friend in that book, but confession time….I didn’t like him.  I had my eye on someone else for the heroine, so my thoughts weren’t kind to Evan, ack.  But I enjoyed The Trouble With Christmas so much that I wanted to give Evan’s story a shot.  I’m so glad I did because not only did I enjoy this book, but I fell hard for Evan too!

“Get back here, you coward!” she yelled.
“No way!” I yelled back. “I don’t trust you not to maim me.” I grinned wickedly at her but slowed to a stop.
When she caught up, she slugged me in the arm. “That’s for being a brat.”
I pulled her into a hug.

Having to sign up for a club, sport, or student association, Evan signed up for student government representatives in college.  And on his first day he met shy, bookworm Abby.  While Evan was outgoing, confident and cocky, Abby was quiet and seemed to try and blend in.  Right away Evan started joking around with Abby and it was impossible not to smile at their antics.  Because while Evan could tease her ruthlessly, Abby could give it right back.  So I laughed out loud and couldn’t stop smiling with all the attention Evan directed at Abby.

I honestly felt guilty for ruining his date. I tried really hard to feel bad about it, too. But I couldn’t.

We got the whole story in Evan’s head, which I loved, and he thought Abby would be perfect for his roommate, Garland.  They were both quirky with different senses of humor.  So Evan tried to make sure him that they hung out with Abby and her roommate.  The moments that the four of them were together was entertaining!  But for wanting to setup his friend with Abby, he surrrrrrre had a difficult time not flirting with her lol.  And the more time he spent around Abby, the more he liked her.  What’s a guy to do?!

Some cupid I was. I’d shot myself with my own arrow.

The Problem With Cupid was a delightful story set around Valentine’s Day and I loved every minute of this novella.  Now I can’t wait to read Garland’ story next around the fourth of July wheeee!

BOOK REVIEW: Holdout (Moo U #3) by Jaqueline Snowe

BOOK REVIEW: Holdout (Moo U #3) by Jaqueline SnoweHoldout (Moo U #3)
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Jonah Daniels has enough work preparing for his hockey season without spending time interviewing a roommate to help share expenses. So when some dude answers J.D.’s ad and agrees to his terms, he puts a key under the mat and leaves for practice.

What he doesn’t expect is that his new roommate is not a dude at all, but an overtalkative, energetic hottie. What’s worse? She’s the younger sister of his friend on the team, and she’s sworn him to secrecy.

Ryann Reiner needs a place to live, stat. After an incident at the dorms that almost tanked her scholarship, Ryann wants a boring roommate who’ll leave her alone. J.D. almost fits the bill. He lives and breathes hockey, just like her brother, and he wouldn’t know a joke unless it hip checked him against the boards.

He’s also gorgeous. And broody. And he looks fine on laundry day, in too little clothing. Soon, late-night study sessions turn into dangerous flirting. And then a kiss turns into more. But they’re determined to keep things in the feelings-free zone.

Until lines blur and tensions rise when Ryann’s brother learns the truth. And both their hearts are skating on thin ice...


The first round of the Moo U books are all out today, people! If you enjoy these authors’ previous works AND the True North world that Sarina Bowen has built over the span of many, many books, please pick these up!

Due to an unfortunate, or should I say FORTUNE misunderstanding, Jonah (J.D.) a hockey player on Moo U’s team and Ryann, a GIRL, and sister of one of the co-captains of said hockey team wind up living together. Both are in desperate need of someone to share rent with and a safe, quiet place to live so it looks like they’ll just have to weather this one out.

Things start off on rocky footing when both of them have issues surrounding worry of what Ryann’s VERY protective brother might think. Jonah CAN’T have this mess up his dynamic on the hockey team and mess up his much-needed scholarship, and Ryann CAN’T have this mess up her relationship with her brother–the only family she has left after a terrible car accident took both of their parents’ lives.

As you can imagine, even though these two have quite different personalities, they wind up finding comfort in one another. Comfort becomes friendship. Friendship becomes something else entirely. Unsurprisingly to everyone (expect maybe Michael, lol) these two can’t deny the steamy chemistry and wind up hooking up. Once…Twice….and more until they realize that this could never have just been a casual thing.

Even though I personally couldn’t really relate to either one of these characters due to their specific circumstances and family dynamics, I was instantly attracted to how comfortable they felt around one another. Ryann especially became an anchor for Jonah and really relaxed him and brought him out of his shell in a number of ways. Their chemistry was electric and because this was also the case in the previous two books, I can’t wait for the rest!

Huge thanks to HeartEyes Press and Sarina Bowen for the opportunity to read this eARC in exchange for my honest review!

BOOK REVIEW: Slapshot (Moo U #2) by Rebecca Jenshak

BOOK REVIEW: Slapshot (Moo U #2) by Rebecca JenshakSlapshot (Moo U #2)
by Rebecca Jenshak
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I’m banished to Vermont for a scandal that wasn’t my fault, and broke because my famous father cut me off. And did I mention my roommate stole my boyfriend? Yeah, I’m loving my Moo U experience.

Now I need a job, because this gel manicure won’t upkeep itself. The only available option is the last one I’d ever want--a job as the hockey team’s equipment manager. My plan is to do the bare minimum, get paid, and find my way back into my father’s good graces.

I will not get involved with a hockey player, no matter how hot. They’re cocky. And obnoxious. I know their type, and I’m not willing to risk getting hurt again. Until Lex Vonne glides into my life looking like sin on a stick.

He thinks I’m a spoiled brat.
I think he’s using me to get ahead.
But the fire I feel when we’re together is like a slapshot to my heart…


I knew it from the first few times that he was mentioned in Blindsided and it was so good to have it confirmed: Lex Vonne is one of my all-time favorite male leads in a romance. First of all he’s the perfect opposite to Kaitlyn. He’s calm, he’s steady, he’s focused on hockey. For someone like Kaitlyn who has had trust issues her ENTIRE life, he is everything she needs (even if she thinks he’s got to be playing some kind of game).

Kaitlyn. Man…it has been a while now since I had read Heartland but initially after I realized who she was I thought “oh right, Kaitlyn, mean-ish roommate who had been dating Dylan that I didn’t like” but…man I’m annoyed at myself for thinking that. That’s the problem with the first person narrative though. We see what one character sees and what they feel, and their story and their truths aren’t always the full picture. I got a big reminder of that in this book.

While I couldn’t personally put myself in Kaitlyn’s shoes, I understood. I got why she had done what she did with Dylan and her mindset made sense. My heart still hurt for her, but it made sense. The fact then, that she had those complex feelings about hockey and ended up having to work as the team’s equipment manager was *chef kiss*. The perfect kind of plot device to help move her story forward. Especially with Lex (:. Ahh, to be a young, cocky hockey player used to being hot shit and getting his way. I love when those types of men are put in their place by women, lol. Don’t get me wrong, Lex isn’t your typical alpha jock that you only enjoy reading about in books, but he still has that natural confidence.

I loved their dynamic together from start to finish. Love that she helped him on the ice and that he broke down her walls so that she began to trust in him. Of course there was a little bit of tension to stir things up towards the end but you know, sometimes you just need that little bit of angst to really drive things home at the end.

Huge thanks to HeartEyes Press and Sarina Bowen for allowing me to read this eARC in exchange for my honest opinion!♥

BOOK REVIEW: Blindsided (Moo U #1) by Victoria Denault

BOOK REVIEW: Blindsided (Moo U #1) by Victoria DenaultBlindsided (Moo U #1)
by Victoria Denault
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What if Romeo wore hockey skates, and Juliet was raised on a farm next door?

As a life-long Vermonter, there are three beliefs I’ve always held true:
1. Our family farm is everything
2. Hockey is a close second
3. The Todds next door are our sworn enemies

But this season will test everything I stand for.

I have an illicit side job that could cost me my hockey scholarship. And now Maggie Todd knows my secret. She’s waiting for the right moment to use it against me. But every time I face off against her, I learn things I shouldn’t want to know. Like how deeply her competitive streak runs, and how sexy that is. And how easy it is to make her blush… everywhere.

An Adler and a Todd cannot be lovers. Breaking that rule is like pulling a pin on a grenade--everything in my life could blow up. Can we surrender to these feelings… or will our families’ feud make us its next casualty?


How can books about a sport I know nothing about be so comforting to me? I have no idea but here we are all the same. It felt like it had been a while now since I had read any book about college hockey players and when I was presented the opportunity to request some eARCs for the Moo U series in Sarina Bowen’s World of True North, I jumped for joy. Not only that but this in particular had hockey AND Vermont farmers. What more could I want?

Maggie Todd and Tate Adler’s families have been at it for YEARS. No one remembers why the feud started and no one is interesting in ending it. THAT IS…..until these two are forced to work together and find out that fierce dislike can easily morph into burning passion if they’re not careful (spoiler alert, they’re not). I really enjoyed the dynamic between these two and the push and pull that never ceased, even after they form a tentative truce that evolves into a whole lot more.

As family dramas tend to, this one unsurprisingly featured some twists and turns and secrets to be uncovered that kept me on my feet until the very end (though I had my suspicions, I did NOT figure things out correctly). I personally have never experienced that level of family chaos and am so thankful for it.

Overall I thought this was a solid start to the Moo U series and a great introduction to certain characters that I’m sure we will see in future books!

Huge thanks to HeartEyes Press and Sarina Bowen for allowing me to read this eARC in exchange for my honest opinion!♥

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