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BOOK REVIEW: Lovelight Farms (Lovelight #1) by BK Borison

BOOK REVIEW: Lovelight Farms (Lovelight #1) by BK BorisonLovelight Farms (Lovelight #1)
by BK Borison
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Two best friends fake date to reach their holiday happily ever after in this first romantic comedy in the Lovelight series.

A pasture of dead trees. A hostile takeover of the Santa barn by a family of raccoons. And shipments that have mysteriously gone missing. Lovelight Farms is not the magical winter wonderland of Stella Bloom’s dreams.

In an effort to save the Christmas tree farm she’s loved since she was a kid, Stella enters a contest with Instagram-famous influencer Evelyn St. James. With the added publicity and the $100,000 cash prize, Stella might just be able to save the farm from its financial woes. There’s just one problem. To make the farm seem like a romantic destination for the holidays, she lied on her application and said she owns Lovelight Farms with her boyfriend. Only…there is no boyfriend.

Enter best friend Luka Peters. He just stopped by for some hot chocolate and somehow got a farm and a serious girlfriend in the process. But fake dating his best friend might be the best Christmas present he’s ever received.


Lovelight Farms was a beautiful friends to lovers romance that was so easy to devour.  The found family was everything, the storyline was adorable, and the characters warmed my heart.  This book became an instant favorite and I’m excited to binge the rest of BK Borison’s stories!

I thought about a lot of things when it comes to Luka.  Things you shouldn’t think about your best friend.

Stella and Luka were the bestest of friends.  Ten years ago, Luka’s mom moved to the tiny little town where Stella lived.  And it created the most adorable meet cute!  From that moment on, they had been inseparable.  But there was always that line that neither of them would cross.  They were just friends.  Even though Stella had been in love with Luka forever.  So when Stella was forced to fake date someone, in order to save her failing farm, I couldn’t wait for the lines between her and Luka to get blurry!

But with Luka, it’s easy.  The way we touch each other, the way we breathe and move together.  It’s so easy.

I absolutely adored Stella!  She had such a kind soul, and yet she was so nervous to ask Luka to be her fake boyfriend.  Which of course he would do without a second thought!  So when the two of them announced to their tiny town that they were dating, I couldn’t stop laughing.  Small town shenanigans were at their best in this story!  And as Luka and Stella pretended to date, oh my heart I was so nervous for Stella.  She was getting everything she wanted, except it wasn’t real.  Right?

He steps back, but his hand holds against my hip, fingers slipping away with reluctance.  I look up at him in the dim light of my kitchen, and for a single breath, I see a wild, ferocious hunger. But he blinks and it’s gone. He’s my Luka again, the change so quick I think I’ve imagined it.  Brown eyes soft, smile crooked, hair a wild mess.

Luka was such a fabulous book boyfriend!  He was thoughtful, kind, and cared so much for Stella!  Yet unlike Stella, I had no problem finding all the little clues that he liked her.  So the moments when he agreed to go to ‘Thanksgiving’ with her dad, and everything else in between showing him step up….sigh.  It just made me love Luka that much more!

It’s hard to think about the consequences when his palm is warm on the small of my back, dragging up my spine.  He tangles his hand lightly in my hair and tugs gently, just once, a flash of something decadent in amber eyes when I make a small noise in the back of my throat.  He likes that noise, I can tell.  He wants to hear it again.

The tension between Stella and Luka was intense and left me desperately needing for them to do more than just have a look or a touch.  It seemed like Luka could take Stella right there in her kitchen, and then you blink and he’s back to her Luka again.  Just friends.  The will they or won’t they played out fabulously in this story!  With missed kisses, tension simmering, and pretending to date, there were so many favorite moments.  When they woke up together *fans face*, after Thanksgiving, and so many more that were deliciously steamy!

The line defining fiction and reality is obliterated.

This book also made me cry.  There were some tears here and there, but when found family became prevalent, I was sobbing my eyes out!  And then again when there was a heart to heart.  Lovelight Farms creeps up on you, and the emotions are so hard to ignore!  So if you’re looking for a friends to lovers romance, I can’t recommend this one enough.  It was steamy, heartfelt, and made me smile so much!  I can’t wait to read Beckett’s story next!

It’s hard to think of Beckett as anything other than stoic, but I recognize the shades of loneliness in him the same as me and Luka.  It’s another reason I’m grateful for this farm and the weird little family we’ve pieced together.  We’re all a little less alone.

BOOK REVIEWS: Resting Scrooge Face by Meghan Quinn & Almost Like Being in Love by Sariah Wilson

BOOK REVIEWS: Resting Scrooge Face by Meghan Quinn & Almost Like Being in Love by Sariah WilsonResting Scrooge Face Purchase on: Amazon
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After a bad breakup, Nola wants nothing to do with Christmas, especially in her quaint hometown of Bright Harbor, Maine. Infuriatingly charming and cheery, Nola’s surroundings only worsen her sour mood.

To make matters worse, Caleb, the boy who broke her heart years ago, is all grown up and still living in town. While doing her best to avoid him, Nola bumps into the local mailman, who gives her a mysterious letter. And when she finds that the writer is a fellow Scrooge, she can’t help but feel her spirit lifting.

Nola writes back to her new pen pal—who, unbeknownst to Nola, is none other than Caleb. When Caleb gets a response hand delivered by the mailman, he’s intrigued by the mystery sender. A friendly correspondence develops—and quickly turns flirtatious.

Although Nola and Caleb claim they can’t stand each other, they can’t deny the simmering attraction that brought them together in the first place.

Can these nameless pen pals write their own love story—or will they be too caught up with the ghosts of their Christmases past to find a future together?


Resting Scrooge Face was such a fun Christmas novella to listen to!  With lots of small town cheer, secret letters, snow, and a Christmas vibe, I adored this second chance romance story!  And it made me want to pick up another book by Meghan Quinn!

“What?” she responds. “That’s what you’re going to say to me? What?”
No, what I really want to say is how beautiful you are.
How I’ve missed staring into your eyes.
Or hearing your laugh.

The story alternated between Nola and Caleb and I loved listening to both of their thoughts!  I would have loved for this book to be longer and for their regular lives to be interspaced within this story instead of some of the letters being back to back.  I felt like there was so much more that could have been there.  But for novellas, this one was still done beautifully.  They were high school sweethearts, who went their separate ways and hurt one another in the process.  Not seeing each other in years, Christmas time and some little helpers created the perfect opportunity for a second chance!

“Even during our time apart, even when our hearts were both shattered, it’s always been you. Always and forever.”

It was so easy to like Nola and Caleb and their banter was laugh out loud hilarious and so much fun!  Add into the mix Grandma Louise, who was an absolute hoot!  And I adored Arden too, he delivered the mail and decided to play matchmaker.  With fun letters and heartwarming scenes, this story was fabulous.  If you’re looking for a quick and festive book to get you in the mood for the holidays, or even something fun to listen to, I can’t recommend this one enough!


BOOK REVIEWS: Resting Scrooge Face by Meghan Quinn & Almost Like Being in Love by Sariah WilsonAlmost Like Being in Love by Purchase on: Amazon
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A modern-day Ohio woman and a seventeenth-century Scottish laird fall in love at first sight in a magical holiday romance by Sariah Wilson, the bestselling author of The Chemistry of Love.

Maren Kelly and her friend Penny may be lost in the Scottish Highlands, yes. They may be caught in the blizzard of the century, sure. But despite their dire straits, Maren is going to honor her ailing mother’s wish for them to experience all the magic, mystery, and whimsy Scotland has to offer, even if she freezes to death trying. When they’re rescued by the dashing Duncan Campbell, who seems like he walked straight out of the seventeenth century, Maren is more than a wee bit bewildered.

Their shelter is Duncan’s castle in Highglen, a captivating village that feels somehow familiar…as does the laird himself. Brimming with holiday cheer and friendly, boisterous family members, Highglen is a safe haven in the frigid winter storm. Maybe it’s the carolers and the warm hearth—or Duncan’s comforting brogue and stolen kisses—but Maren feels as though she’s come home. And in Duncan, she may have found her long-awaited soulmate.

But is this a miracle that could last a lifetime?


Almost Like Being in Love was a whimsical, heartwarming romance filled with magical realism.  This story had characters that were so easy to like, and a storyline that was a lot of fun.  The found family and friendships were done realistically.  And the romance was very insta love.  I adore Sariah Wilson’s full length novels, and I feel like this book would have worked better for me being longer, so the romance could have been explored more.  But regardless, I adored the holiday setting in Scotland.  And this was a very sweet Christmas story left me feeling happy.  I’m hoping we’ll see more stories in this world!

Maybe it was Christmas, maybe it was Duncan, but Highglen was a place of pure magic. For the first time, I understood why my mother had told me to search for it.
I didn’t want to let it go.


BOOK REVIEWS: Sleighed by Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward and The Holiday Trap by Roan Parri

BOOK REVIEWS: Sleighed by Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward and The Holiday Trap by Roan ParriSleighed by Vi Keeland, Penelope Ward
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Get Sleighed
When my ex dumped me right before Christmas, I was left with a luxury, all-expense paid trip for two to Cabo—private jet and all. Somehow, my best friend roped me into giving away the other half of the trip as a contest prize on her podcast. Kelly won the “World’s Worst Dump Story.” She and I didn’t meet until we arrived at the airport, which was when I discovered she was actually a he. Apparently we’d forgotten to include open to women only in the rules. My trip to Cabo started as a disaster, but as time went on Kelly and I grew close. Until someone unexpectedly showed up…

Lights out Love
Cole is utterly annoyed by his neighbor Josie’s obnoxious Christmas display. When she blows out power on the street, he marches over and lets her know what he thinks of the mess she’s made. But when the only generator in town brings the two nemeses together…the Christmas display isn’t the only thing burning bright.

Hot Item
Getting into a fight with a sexy stranger over the last hot toy on the shelf was not the way I intended to spend Christmas Eve. And I certainly didn’t plan on spending hours more trying to win a contest to decide who would get to buy it. But when our time is up, would the toy be the only hot item I wanted to take home?


Sleighed was filled with three short holiday stories that were a quick, fun read!  Here’s my quick thoughts on each story….

Get Sleighed
Rating: 4 stars

We sat there with our battery- operated Santa playing music and sipped our eggnog while munching on cookies. Despite being too hot, this was my favorite Christmas in a very long time.

This was my favorite and I wish it was a full length novel.  It was fun, flirty and made me smile so much!  I adored Kelly, who was a quirky book boyfriend that was impossible not to fall in love with.  He added so much joy.  I loved his dancing Stanta playing music haha.  And the necklace ohhhh so sweet!  This was a cute story and while there was talk of sex, there was no steam on the pages.

Lights Out Love
Rating: 3.5 stars

“Cole here is going to help us lift out those heavy nutcrackers.”
I smirked at him. “Cole? Is that your real name or what old Saint Nick leaves in your stocking because you’re such a scrooge?”

This story dealt with a scroogey man named Cole, who was jaded from  his ex.  And then there was Josie who had all the Christmas joy in the world.  I loved how she started to help Cole find the Christmas spirit.  And his manger scene was absolutely hilarious!  Their story was cheesy, adorable goodness, and will warm your heart!

Hot Item
Rating: 3 stars

Out of the three stories, this one had the best banter that was also so much fun!  This story was about a single mom and a man who brought joy to her family.  Their story is one I felt like could have benefited the most with a longer story.  But it was still heartwarming.



BOOK REVIEWS: Sleighed by Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward and The Holiday Trap by Roan ParriThe Holiday Trap by Roan Parrish
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Greta Russakoff loves her tight-knit family and tiny Maine hometown, but they can't seem to understand what it's like to be a lesbian living in such a small world. When an act of familial meddling goes way too far, she realizes just how desperately she needs space to figure out who she is.

Truman Belvedere's heart is crushed when he learns that his boyfriend has a secret life including a husband and daughter. Reeling, all he wants is a place to lick his wounds far, far away from Louisiana.

Enter a mutual friend with a life-altering idea: swap homes for the holidays. For one perfect month, Greta and Truman will have a chance to experience a whole new world…and maybe fall in love with the partner of their dreams. But all holidays must come to an end, and eventually these two transplants will have to decide whether the love (and found family) they each discovered so far from home is worth fighting for.


I think I need to make a resolution not to read books that have below a 3.6 rating on Goodreads.  I felt like this book dragged on, I wasn’t a huge fan of some of the characters, and I couldn’t ever find it in me to care.

I wasn’t ever a fan of Greta or Carys.  Greta was awkward and as someone who doesn’t mind cussing, here’s a heads up that she cusses and says wow a lot.  I wish I wasn’t listening to the audio format so I could have searched how many wow’s there were in this book lol.  But one of the things I struggled with the most, was I kept wondering what Greta ever saw in Carys.  Yes she was pretty and there was passion between them, but that’s it.  And while Carys could be kind, when she wanted to, she was finicky more times than not.  Her explanations could be seen as condescending and she could be rude without even trying.  Also I have to say that being pressed up to a tomb is not hot imo.  That gave me a huge ick factor.  

We also got a second romance in this book, which was Truman’s story.  And I adored his romance, it was sweet and charming.  When he met Ash, oh my heart it was so adorable and the two of them together balanced each other out so perfectly.  They were kind, thoughtful and truly wanted the best for each other.  But, here’s where the huge but comes in.  Truman did something at the end of the story that is a huge NO in my world.  Stalking is never okay!  Imagine if you did what he did?!  And then for it to be cheered for?  That was not okay.  I lost all the respect and love I had for Truman.

So this Christmas romance story, filled with two love stories, was not a hit for me.  I won’t be reading any more of Roan Parrish’s romance stories.

BOOK REVIEWS: The Mistletoe Motive by Chloe Liese & Unwrapping His Package by Cameron Hart

BOOK REVIEWS: The Mistletoe Motive by Chloe Liese & Unwrapping His Package by Cameron HartThe Mistletoe Motive by Chloe Liese
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He loathes the holidays. She loves them. She’s full of festive cheer. He’s brimming with Bah, Humbugs. Besides unreasonably seasonable names, the only thing Jonathan Frost and Gabriella Di Natale have in common is a healthy dose of mutual contempt. Well, that and the same place of employment at the city’s most beloved independent bookstore, Bailey’s Bookshop. But when the store’s owners confess its dire financial state, Jonathan and Gabby discover another unfortunate commonality: the imminent threat of unemployment.

With the Baileys’ requests to minimize expenses, win new customers, and make record sales dancing in their heads, Jonathan and Gabby conclude—barring a financial Christmas miracle—one of them will soon be cut from the payroll. Neither are willing to step down from their position, so they strike a bargain: whoever has more sales in December gets to stay on in the new year; the loser will resign. With a lifetime's worth of festive tricks up her sleeve, Gabby should easily outsell her nemesis, except the unreadable Mr. Frost’s every move seems purely designed to throw her off her game.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, Gabby's deceptive ex won't quit pursuing her, and her anonymous online friend suggests they take a break. Worst of all, as the pressure mounts to save the bookshop and her job, Gabby meets a new, tender side of Jonathan. Is this the same man she's called her cold-hearted enemy?

Maybe he’s got a motive she just can’t figure out—or maybe Jonathan Frost isn’t as chilly as she once thought. Maybe Jonathan and Gabby already know—and love—each other in ways they never thought possible.


The Mistletoe Motive was an enemies to lovers that was filled with Christmas cheer.  I loved how much holiday spirit was laced throughout the pages.  And from the moment we met Jonathan Frost, aka Gabriella’s nemesis or so she says, you can completely tell he wants her from that first chapter!  Johnathan was my favorite thing about this book and I adored how he protected her and how he could be a sexy, mystery.   And while this book would typically be a huge hit for me, I just couldn’t connect to the characters or their romance.  Even though I adored Jonathan.  Plus it probably didn’t help that I kept thinking about two other books I absolutely adored so much more with two tropes in this book.  For the workplace enemies to lovers, I kept thinking about how The Hating Game consumed my every thought while I was devouring that book.  And the other trope about different forms of contact was in To Sir, With Love by Lauren Layne and that story was breathtakingly addictive.  Those two books I devoured.  This one I had to push myself to finish and kept putting it down.  It was cute and steamy but I just couldn’t click with it.  So here’s hoping if you end up picking up this book, you’ll end up loving it more then me!


BOOK REVIEWS: The Mistletoe Motive by Chloe Liese & Unwrapping His Package by Cameron HartUnwrapping His Package by by Cameron Hart
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Indie: I trust my gut, the universe, and the healing power of sugar. I’ll admit I had my doubts in all three of those things when my sister wanted to move all the way here to Christmas, Michigan in the dead of winter. I’ve been scrambling to be the supportive sister after her messy divorce, but I’m exhausted. Just when I think I’m at my breaking point, I sense something. The universe is telling me it’ll all work out. I know my gut instinct is right when I see him. I instantly want to know everything about the tall, broad shouldered, blue-eyed man staring at me. I want to unwrap him layer by layer. All of him. Every single inch.

Walker: As a doctor, I trust my mind, science, and empirical evidence. Until I see her. The short, curvy minx stares right at me, her teal eyes gliding down my body. My chest tightens and I can’t catch my breath. I run through a list of symptoms and possible diagnoses, but nothing quite matches what I’m feeling. My condition only worsens the longer I look at her, yet I can’t bring myself to do anything else. Love at first sight isn’t possible, but one look at my pixie and I know she’s about to prove me wrong.


If you love erotica and insta love, then Unwrapping His Package is for you! With a virgin hero, an alpha male who had sensitive thoughts and a wintery setting, this book was setup for the perfect Christmas miracle story. Unfortunately, it was not for me.

“You’re perfect,” I murmur, skimming my hands up and down the sides of her torso, giving her the reassurance she needs. “Now let me unwrap my present.”

While I love novella stories, especially ones that are steamy and revolve around Christmas, this one made me roll my eyes quite a few times. From the moment Walker told Indie that he knew she was a virgin and nicknamed her pixie….ehhh it just didn’t do it for me. Indie was optimistic, I’ll give her that. Yet she fell under TSTL. It. Was. Painful. I read this with my local book club and one of my friends pointed out that if she was more intelligent it would have been hard for Walker to control her like he did so *shrugs*. I guess it all worked out for the best anyway. I did keep muttering that I hoped for Walker’s sake that Indie had a magical vagina, so she was worth the effort. And I guess he thought she did, but I didn’t feel like she did anything fabulous. So while Unwrapping His Package didn’t work for me, I did give it a few stars because of the steamy scenes. I just wish I would have felt something during those moments. There was an epilogue set five years in the future, so readers who fall in love with this book will be so happy when they get to that chapter! 

BOOK REVIEW: How The Grump Saved Christmas by Claire Kingsley

BOOK REVIEW: How The Grump Saved Christmas by Claire KingsleyHow The Grump Saved Christmas by Claire Kingsley
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Hardworking Isabelle Cook has a serious problem. Her family farm, site of Tilikum’s Christmas Village, is in trouble. Big trouble. And worst of all? The man trying to buy it is none other than the grumpiest, grinchiest man of them all—Elias Stoneheart.

That’s a big nope. She’s not letting him get involved. Not with his heart made of coal.

Elias Stoneheart is in the business of making money, not friends. Especially when his boss is promising a long-awaited promotion. All he has to do is convince one struggling family to sell their farm.

The problem? It’s Cook Family Farm. And Isabelle Cook is his ex.

He might have history with Isabelle, but this is just business. A Christmas-loving farm girl is not going to come between him and his ambition.

And Christmas? He hates it. Christmas Village needs to go.

But as Elias spends time in the small town, holiday spirit—and Isabelle—get under his skin. And she might be the only one who can melt the ice around his heart.

Author’s Note: a sassy farm girl takes on a grumpy businessman in this stand-alone small-town Christmas romance. Saucy banter, a guard donkey, plenty of holiday cheer, and a heartwarming happily ever after that will make you believe in the magic of Christmas.


How the Grump Saved Christmas was a second chance, grumpy sunshine adult romance that was a lot of fun! With a Christmas tree farm, snow, hot cocoa with whipped cream and holiday sprinkles and lots of holiday cheer, this romance book was the perfect book to read in December!

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas…
No, I wasn’t. I was dreaming of a cup of dark roast— the coffee here was exceptional— and the shot of Irish whiskey I was going to add to it that were going to get me through the rest of this nightmare of an afternoon.

Elias was such a cynic and a complete grump.  In that first chapter alone he showed us what a jerk he could be.  Especially when he took on the job to convince his ex’s family to sell their land so his company could build a data center.  Not only would he get a promotion if the sale went through, but that ex wasn’t just any old ex.  She was the woman he had wanted to marry.  So I tried to find little clues here and there that he had a heart.  You could see them if you looked closely….like when he threatened Damien that he would kill him if he bothered his assistant again haha.  So when he came face to face with Isabelle again, I loved how she affected him.  And how she slowly started to change him too!

My heart tried to do something. Start beating again, maybe. Whatever it was, it hurt and I did not like it.
Straightening my shoulders, I swallowed back the sensation. Forced it behind a wall of ice where it wouldn’t get in the way.
When she turned to face me, her eyes widening with surprise, I didn’t even flinch.
Despite the fact that she was still the most beautiful woman I’d ever seen.

This story alternated between the two of them and I adored Isabelle!  She had a strong work ethic, loved her family, and adored the tiny town she lived in.  Yet her parents’ farm was struggling.  They were in so much debt, and while selling financially made sense, it hurt Isabelle’s heart to think about it.  But thankfully she was surrounded by a strong community and the most amazing best friends.  And an ex that was starting to remind her why she fell in love with him years ago in the first place.

There was no slow-motion retreat filled with angst. His cold eyes left mine and he turned around and walked away.

When we got to hear Elais’ backstory, oh my Santa, I hurt for his 11 year old self.  I understood how he turned into what he was.  But I still wanted to see him become the man I knew he could be!  So I was elated that we still had so many moments of happiness with Elias.  I was screaming during some of the moments with Isabelle’s parents.  This story was so much fun while also touching on the emotional side!

“How do I look at her?”
She wiggled her eyebrows. “Like you want to jingle her bells.”
I groaned.

Small town romance, friendship and love made this Christmas story shine brightly!  While there was steam on the pages, it wasn’t detailed.  And the side characters could have easily held their own book.  Cole was a farmhand who was such a good friend!  And I adored Alice and her daughter Maddie!  Their endings made me shed happy tears!  I also Isabelle’s parents too!  So with moments that will not only warm your heart but make you laugh out loud too, this book was a blast!  This is my first book by Claire Kingsley, and I am looking forward to discovering more of her backlist books!

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