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BOOK REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: The Forever Girl (Wildstone #6) by Jill Shalvis

BOOK REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: The Forever Girl (Wildstone #6) by Jill ShalvisThe Forever Girl (Wildstone #6)
by Jill Shalvis
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Synopsis:

New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis does it once again with a heartfelt story of family, forgiveness, and secrets that have the power to change the course of more than one life.

When Maze returns to Wildstone for the wedding of her estranged bff and the sister of her heart, it’s also a reunion of a once ragtag team of teenagers who had only each other until a tragedy tore them apart and scattered them wide.

Now as adults together again in the lake house, there are secrets and resentments mixed up in all the amazing childhood memories. Unexpectedly, they instantly fall back into their roles: Maze their reckless leader, Cat the den mother, Heather the beloved baby sister, and Walker, a man of mystery.

Life has changed all four of them in immeasurable ways. Maze and Cat must decide if they can rebuild their friendship, and Maze discovers her long-held attraction to Walker hasn’t faded with the years but has only grown stronger.

Review:

The Forever Girl easily became one of my favorite Jill Shalvis books!  Secrets came to light, family and friendship were tested and through it all was the most breathtaking bond between this group of people.  Watching the story unfold, it felt as though these characters reached into my heart and wouldn’t let go.  And while I cried three different times, there was so much hope and love splashed across those pages.  If you’re a fan of Jill Shalvis, romance or stories where friendship is family, then definitely pick this one up!  This story reads like a standalone, so you can definitely start with this book if you haven’t read any of the others in this series.

“Don’t you get it?” she whispered. “There is no redemption for me.”

Maze, Cat, Walker and Heather were like a family forever ago.  Until a horrific tragedy ripped them apart and settled them away from one other.  But with Cat’s upcoming wedding, they were all going to be together again.  The prologue started three years in the past, and we got to see how raw their emotions were.  While it alluded to what was the cause of their pain, we didn’t know the details just yet.  But it all ended with an emotional bang.  So when we jumped into the present, a chapter later, I was more than hooked and obsessed.  It was stunning how these characters captured my heart so easily.

“I wasn’t aware that we were friends.”
“Actually, I consider you one of the very few real ones I have.”
She sucked in a breath at that.  Because in spite of everything, same.

This story alternated between Maze, Cat and Walker.  Cat was like the big sister to everyone.  And she tried her best, over the years, to keep everyone in each other’s lives.  But the past and hurt was too much, and over time some of them faded apart.  With Cat’s upcoming wedding, I thought I’d love her fiancé and wedding activities.  But each character had so much more going on than meets the eye.  And I found my heart hurting for every single one of them, while silently cheering them on so they would each find their happiness.

“Maze, you’re the strongest woman I know.”
She blinked, looking so surprised that he grabbed her hand and squeezed it.
“Believe it.  Because I absolutely do.”
She let out a shaky breath. “I wish I could be as confident about that as you.”

While I adored them all, my heart connected the deepest with Maze.  She blamed herself for something that happened in the past.  And because of that, she didn’t give herself the grace and love she deserved.  But Maze was so much more than her grief.  She loved deeply and would do anything to help those she loved.  Maze made me laugh, smile and I loved the risks she would take.  I was rooting for her to help mend the sisterly relationship she had with Cat and Heather.  But most of all, I was rooting for her to face her feelings towards Walker.

No matter how hard he tried, he was always left standing alone with no one to count on except himself.  But at least now he was choosing to be alone.  His choice, his control, and he was okay with that.  Or he had been.
Until he’d seen Maze again.

I loved Walker!  I was obsessed that we got his POV!  Walker was seductive and there was this darkness that radiated from him, yet he continually pulled me in.  And while he loved fiercely and saw through others b.s., he was such a mystery at times.  I wanted him to claim Maze as his, because you could feel how strong their connection and attraction was.  Plus their banter constantly had me smiling.  Yet their past made it not so simple.  So the push and pull between the two of them enamored me and I was constantly wondering what was going to happen next.

“I’m sorry,” she said softly. “I failed you.  I won’t let that happen again.”
We won’t let that happen again,” Caitlin said firmly.
Heather nodded, eyes suspiciously bright. “Me either.”

With family, friendship and love splashed across the pages, The Forever Girl was an instant favorite.  Hearts were broken and mended.  Family was pulled apart and put back together.  We got to witness their process for healing and it was raw and breathtaking.  This story was so beautiful.  I loved their hearts to hearts and how deeply they loved each other.  From strawberry daiquiri moments, to truth or dare, to races and wedding festivities, I couldn’t put this story down.  And with that epilogue, oh I loved this book so much!  If you’re a fan of romance, friendship and family, then you’ll definitely want to add this one to your tbr!

PS I love how Walker called Jace all the wrong names to Maze, I laughed so hard.

PPS I looked forward to seeing what was on the to-do list at the beginning of each chapter!  Sooooo cute!

PPPS I loved, loved, loved Heather and Sammie!  Plus I definitely called it!

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

 

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About Jill Shalvis:

New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website, www.jillshalvis.com, for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

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INTERVIEW & BOOK REVIEW: Her Wicked Marquess (Sinful Wallflowers #2) by Stacy Reid

I absolutely loved Her Wicked Marquess! My 5 Star Review is below along with an interview I got to have with Stacy Reid! Enjoy ♥

INTERVIEW & BOOK REVIEW: Her Wicked Marquess (Sinful Wallflowers #2) by Stacy ReidHer Wicked Marquess (Sinful Wallflowers #2)
by Stacy Reid
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Synopsis:

Miss Maryann Fitzwilliam is too witty and bookish for her own good. No gentleman of the ton will marry her, so her parents arrange for her to wed a man old enough to be her father. But Maryann is ready to use those wits to turn herself into a sinful wallflower.

When the scandal sheet reports a sighting of Nicolas St. Ives, the Marquess of Rothbury, climbing out the chamber windows of a house party, Maryann does the unthinkable. She anonymously claims that the bedchamber belonged to none other than Miss Fitzwilliam, tarnishing her own reputation―and chances of the dastardly union her family secured for her. Now she just needs to convince the marquess to keep his silence.

Turns out Nicolas allows for the scandal to perpetuate for his own reasons… But when Maryann’s parents hold fast to their arranged marriage plan, it’ll take a scandal of epic proportions for these two to get out of this together.

Each book in the Sinful Wallflowers series is STANDALONE:
* My Darling Duke
* Her Wicked Marquess

Review:

Her Wicked Marquess was an intricate tale filled with seduction and so much more than meets the eye.  By that first chapter, I was already obsessed and knew that this book was going to be an instant favorite.  The story brimmed with irresistible banter, charm, humor, romance and was so easy to devour.  If you love historical romance, then you definitely need to add this one to your tbr!

She stepped back, and his finger slipped from her chin. Thank heavens. His touch felt… like strokes of flames over her skin, yet it also felt right. It might take her the rest of her life to figure out why she would ever think such a silly thing.

It was the most fabulous of meet cutes.  And from there, the games they played with one another was beyond addicting. Maryann needed to use Nicolas’ name to get out of an engagement. But what she didn’t realize was that by doing so, she linked their fates together.  And once Nicolas truly saw Maryann, there was no walking away from her.  With a woman wanting the freedom to love who she desired and a man set on a path of revenge and redemption, I couldn’t put this book down!

“I thought you were a blazing star that no gentleman has any notion what to do with.”
“Yes, the buffoons,” she murmured, startled at how provocative she sounded.
That finger gently trailed from her nose down to rest against her lips. “I know what to do with every inch of you, Lady Maryann.”

I loved Lady Maryann Eleanor Fitzwilliam!  She was smart, witty and had no problem using her voice.  I loved how she was diplomatic but also willing to take risks, I was mesmerized with how her mind worked!  She was to be married to a man who was her father’s age, and I felt her suffocation for not having control over her own life. So when she came up with the most fabulous of plans, I was clapping my hands!   I loved that she wanted to ruin her name, so her intended wouldn’t want her anymore.  And that’s where Nicolas Charles St. Ives, Marquess of Rothbury, came into the picture.

His kiss destroyed her.
It was unexpected, it was so soft, it was unbelievably tender, and scandalously perfect, for it was just a mere meeting of their mouths, but it felt like everything.

I was obsessed with Nicolas, he was protective, defended others honor and laid his cards on the table for those he cared about.  There was a complexity and darkness to him that enamored me.  So as we were given clues to his past, and witnessed how it affected his present, he easily captivated me.  But in the beginning, I loved seeing his reaction to Maryann spinning her lies about the two of them. It was all so hilarious! He couldn’t help but be intrigued by her and I loved how he saw the truths of what was going on around him. The man was wickedly smart as he was seductive. And when he set his sights on something, he went for it.

Kiss me, she silently implored.
When he made no move, it was her turn to lean in and bite his lower lip. The raindrops on his mouth settled onto her tongue, and with it a taste of dark fire and whiskey.

When Nicolas and Maryann were together, their antics were entertaining, and the sexual tension between them was scorching hot.  It was impossible not to be giddy when they were near each other. Especially since neither of them was what the other expected.  And it added to the depth of them getting to know each other.  As we got further into the story, the descriptive scenes were sinfully seductive *fans face*.

He wanted her, more than he’d ever wanted another soul.

Her Wicked Marquees was exquisitely seductive and laugh out loud hilarious.  From the main characters that I loved with all my heart, to the story that was rich and vivid, to the well-crafted side characters, I loved this book!  And even that ending, it was absolutely perfect!  The epilogue had such a beautiful HEA, and even included two other characters which made my heart so happy!  I probably highlighted over half of this book, that’s how obsessed I was lol.  Now I can’t wait to read more from Stacy Reid!

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

 

Interview:

What’s one thing you hope readers will take away from Her Wicked Marquess? 

I really want my readers to get lost in my stories and the journey of each character, and in the end, I want them to have a smile on their face and pure satisfaction in their hearts. 

 

What is something that we might not know about Maryann or Nicolas?

He does not like snakes either, but he willingly poured out her bucket of critters because he was so captivated by her. Maryann is a huge foodie! Yep, she just loves to eat, especially cake. 

 

What was your favorite quality about Nicolas?

The protective streak he has toward Maryann, the one that pushes him to go to any length to keep her safe and cherished. 

 

Without spoilers, what was your favorite scene to write?

Wow, I have so many. I loved writing this book. I really loved writing that scene when Nicolas sneaked into Maryann’s room for the first time. It really allowed me to show her spunk, her zest for living, and also to delve deeper into the attraction she felt for him. 

 

Can you tell us what book(s) we can look forward to from you in the future?

I am working on Sinful Wallflowers 3, A Rogue of Her Own, Ophelia’s story. I really love it! It might surpass Her Wicked Marquess as being my fave. I also recently finished a single title novel featuring a duke who had been lost in the wilds for over a decade. Man, I cannot wait for it to be in reader’s hands. It is called The Wolf and the Wildflower. 

 

What was the last book you recommended to a friend?

Dark King (Sea Fae book 1) by C.N. Crawford.

 

BOOK REVIEW: Christmas Cliche by Tara Sivec

BOOK REVIEW: Christmas Cliche by Tara SivecChristmas Cliche by Tara Sivec
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Synopsis:

‘Twas the week before Christmas
and all through L.A.,
Allie Parker’s famous twin sisters
were driving her cray.
She fled to the mountains
with a hostage in tow,
hoping to sleep through the holidays,
which were a sh*t-show.
A crash in a blizzard,
and a hot mountain man,
definitely wasn’t part
of her evacuation plan.
Santas, and stockings,
and creepy nutcrackers too,
everywhere she looks,
it’s a crazy Christmas zoo.
But there are hugs, and smiles,
and a beautiful view,
kisses and laughter,
and no time to be blue.
Maybe this family,
with their hot mountain man,
will make this a Christmas
Allie can actually stand.

Review:

Christmas Cliche was laugh out loud hilarious and filled with all the cliches.  Celebrities, snow storms, sexy mountain men, best friends and tons of Christmasy vibes filled the pages.  So if you’re looking for a Christmas story that is lots of fun, with romance in the pages, then take a look at adding this one to your tbr.

I just wanted to get away from the chaos and not think about Christmas. Was that too much to ask?

The prologue jumped 17 years into the past, when Allie’s life was simpler, and she still loved Christmas.  But in present day LA, there was nothing heartwarming or loving about the holidays.  Her twin sisters had a reality TV show.  Christmas Eve was to be filled with an over the top celebrity party and lavish items.  It felt like they were living the life of the Kardashian’s, but even crazier.  And Allie was in charge of it all.  Dealing with her superficial sisters and their constant schedule and needs, seemed overwhelming.  So when the straw finally broke the camel’s back, Allie bolted with her best friend in tow to West Virginia.  To where she used to spend the holidays with family, when she was younger.

“This isn’t Christmas magic. It’s just insane. I’m insane. I’m seriously thinking about never, ever going back to California after only being here for four days.”
I laugh, and it comes out a little high-pitch and hysterical.

I adored Allie, she was kind and down to earth. But everyone seemed to have a preconceived notion of who she was.  Even the man who ended up rescuing her.  Jason was the sexiest mountain man and Allie and Jason’s meet cute was one of the funnier ones I’ve read.  It was so smile inducing and unique lol!  And I loved Jason too.  He was helpful, loving, sweet and oh so thoughtful.  The two of them together were perfect.  It didn’t matter that she was only supposed to stay at his parents bed and breakfast until her cousin came back home, after the holidays.  It felt like they were meant to be together forever.  So there was definitely an insta-attraction mixed with insta-love.  And let it be known that I don’t like insta-love, but in this cliche filled story I enjoyed it so much.

“You were adorable half-dressed for a blizzard, and when you had to borrow one of my sister’s ugly Christmas sweaters,” he tells me honestly. “But you’re goddamn stunning when you’re relaxed and laughing, and I think being here in my family’s Christmas wonderland has something to do with it.”

The side characters rounded out this story so well.  I loved Jason’s sister and mom, who had more game then him ha.  His relationship with the both of them warmed my heart.  And I loved how they played such a big part of story.  But the one who continually stole the spotlight was Allie’s best friend, Millie.  She was a celebrity who was over the top ridiculous and such a good friend to Allie.  I’m pretty sure I said OMFG out loud a hundred times because of Millie.  She shocked me!  Her observations, random comments and questions killed me!  Sometimes she was too much, but it was impossible not to love her.  Especially as we saw her learn about life as the story progressed, heaven help her lol.

“That was so cliché.”
“This whole thing is cliché,” Millie complains, leaning over on the couch to whisper to us. “Can we just get to the part where you guys profess your undying love for each other?”

Christmas Cliche was an over the top story filled with humor, friendship and love, cliches and all.  Even the titles of the chapters were hilarious.  It almost felt like a crazy, outrageous Hallmark movie, that was definitely not PG lol.  So I was surprised that the sexy moments weren’t descriptive.  But I enjoy books with our without them, I just wasn’t the hugest fan of the location when it did happen….you’ll see what I mean lol. But all in all I enjoyed this book so much!  Plus that ending was perfect!  I’ll definitely be checking out Tara Sivec’s other books!

BOOK REVIEW: A Crown For Christmas by Rachel Van Dyken

BOOK REVIEW: A Crown For Christmas by Rachel Van DykenA Crown For Christmas by Rachel Van Dyken
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Synopsis:

The first time I met Fitz or to most of the world Duke Fitzegerald Heraldo Belleville, I punched him in the throat.
I was actually aiming for his chin, but he was a few years older, clearly not wiser, but at least taller.
He started wheezing on his candy cane.
And well, the rest is history.
Hate replaced what could have been friendship, and for the rest of my teen years, I watched him flirt with every single breathing female.
I hated him.
Plotted his death with a smile on my face.
And knew that my first decree as Queen would be to chop off his head.
Except now that I'm finally old enough to inherit the title, there's one tiny little slip-up.
I need a man by my side.
The problem?
I may have accidentally scared them all away.
I have no options.
Until the devil rings my doorbell with a wicked grin on his face and revenge dancing like sugarplums in his gaze.
I hate that I need him.
It's a serious problem.
We have twelve days before we say I do.
I just pray we survive without killing each other first.

Review:

A Crown for Christmas easily became one of my favorite Christmas books!  With enemies to lovers, irresistible banter, a forced marriage and snow falling how could I not fall madly in love with this story?!  The prologue pulled me in and I was so addicted that I didn’t put my kindle down until I read that last page.  I can’t recommend this book enough!

He stared at my mouth and then licked his lips like he wanted a taste, but that would be ridiculous. He hated me. I loathed him. It worked for us.
I shivered and looked away.

Princess Phillipa was expected to be Queen, but the law dictated that she had to be married first.  Unfortunately she had run all of the possible suitors away, except one.  Duke Fitzgerald Heraldo Belleville, aka Fitz.  But where Fitz was concerned, there was one tiny problem.  They had been enemies since they were children.  We got to watch them, in the past, and the things they did and said to one another was horrifically awful.  Yet I laughed so much.  And in the present day, we witnessed a proposal and Phillipa being informed that a wedding would take place in twelve days.  To her archnemesis.  What’s a princess to do?

I hated the way he stared at me too long.
The way his perfect emerald eyes lingered like he was mentally mocking me and doing a bang up job of it.
But most of all, I hated that he was beautiful.

The story alternated between Phillipa and Fitz and I loved them both so much!  Phillipa was strong and level headed.  She was a generous and loving princess.  And I could easily see her being a role model and someone others could look up to as their Queen.  Yet the moment Fitz was around, she couldn’t help but find herself butting heads with him.

Her grin was pure evil. I had half a mind to kiss it off her face just to even the playing field, shock the hell out of her, and get to taste the peppermint all in one fell swoop. Pity her lips were probably poison.

Fitz could be such a trouble maker, but the man was as clever as he was seductive.  He just had this way with people that made you instantly like him.  Well except Phillipa lol.  Fitz was thoughtful, witty, smart, devious and oh so quick with his replies.  I was obsessed.  And to Phillipa’s dismay, she started to see those qualities in Fitz too.  Especially when he helped her get her way at times.  It was impossible to ignore his charm, even if Phillipa was bantering with Fitz in that next moment.

My body tightened. “I don’t think I’ve ever wanted to pull someone’s hair more in my entire life, not in an effort to chase them, but to pull them so closely to my chest that all I feel is their skin, their breath, and maybe a soft moan of pleasure.”
Her eyes flickered to my mouth, and her lips parted. “This is crazy.”

Regardless of how much they hated each other, you could still feel the attraction burning between them.  But when the gloves came off and they played nice, was it truly sincere?  Could they really trust each other?  I loved watching the intricacies of their relationship unfold.  Together they were swoon worthy and I was addicted with all of their interactions.  It was so easy to fall for them!

“What changed?” I hooked my arm in his as we started walking.
“Everything,” he whispered under his breath.

If you’re looking for a romantic and hilarious Christmas story, then definitely add A Crown for Christmas to your tbr!  This may be RVD’s funniest book yet, but there were also a few moments I didn’t see coming…..so there was no stopping my gasps.  With fabulous characters, addictive banter and a wonderful story line, this book was such a winner!  I loved it so much!

BOOK REVIEW: Let It Snow by Cassie Cross

BOOK REVIEW: Let It Snow by Cassie CrossLet It Snow by Cassie Cross
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Synopsis:

Amy Winstead is a twenty something video producer who loves Christmas more than anyone she’s ever known. This year, the holidays are gonna be a lot less happy because she can’t afford the plane ticket home to celebrate with her family, and her best and oldest friend Josh is moving halfway across the country for a new job that he couldn’t turn down.

When Josh asks her to accompany him on his road trip from Texas to Connecticut and offers to pay for her plane ticket back home, how could Amy say no? He’s promised some fun surprises on the trip, and more time with him could never be a bad thing.

One surprise Josh hasn’t planned on is the record-breaking blizzard heading their way. They decide to wait out the storm in the charming town of Holly Hill, where a little holiday magic and a lot of snow combine to help Josh and Amy realize that the something that’s always simmered between them could easily become something more...

Review:

Let it Snow was a feel good, heartwarming Christmas story.  With a road trip, snow storm and a cute little town, this book was so enjoyable.  If you’re looking for a friend to lovers Christmas story, with a little bit of sexy mixed in, then take a look at adding this one to your tbr.

If I didn’t know any better, I could swear that Josh wants to kiss me. But I need to get foolish thoughts like that out of my head, so I turn back to my laptop.

Amy Winstead, aka Ames, and Josh Abbott had been inseparable for the last 26 years.  They were the bestest of friends who grew up together, went to same college and even got their first jobs in the same town.  But with Josh moving back home to New York and Ames staying in Texas, she was emotionally struggling.  They’d never been apart.  On top of that, she was head over heels in love with her best friend.

“You’re woven into the fabric of my life.”

While Ames was unsure of where she wanted to go with her life, Josh seemed to know exactly what he wanted.  When he surprised her with a road trip back home for the holidays, and a plane ticket to get her back to Texas, I was overjoyed.  I love road trips!  We got to see how strong their friendship was and how well they knew each other.  I loved watching how affectionate and thoughtful they were to each other.  And when they got stranded in a blizzard, things started to storm in the best of ways between the two of them.

“What do you need?” I ask, confused by the giant shift in the room, of this overwhelming sense of possibility in the moment.
He lifts his head, eyes half lidded.
“To kiss you,” he replies.

Let it Snow was a delightful book that was so easy to devour.  And for those that love happily ever afters, that last chapter is for you.  The story jumped ahead four years and I loved seeing how the future panned out.  So with snow women building, snow ball fights and getting stranded in a hotel room with one bed, it was fun watching Ames and Josh’s relationship develop.  If you’re a fan of friends to lovers, with Christmas sprinkled in the pages, then this book may be just for you!

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