Saturday, 15 June 2019

🍋 The Lemon Sisters (Wildstone #3) 🍋 Jill Shalvis 🍋

The New York Times bestselling author of Rainy Day Friends and Lost and Found Sisters returns to Wildstone, California, where two completely opposite sisters—who are still nursing wounds from the past—realize they need each other more than they think.

When Brooke’s older sister, Mindy, shows up at her door with her three kids in tow, she barely recognizes her sibling who looks like she’s on the verge of a total breakdown. While adventurous, wanderlust Brooke was always the problem child, eager to slip free of Wildstone and its small-town constraints, Mindy was the golden child, who never had a hair out of place or a GPA below 4.0. The Mindy that arrives at Brooke’s apartment however, is a far cry from the ever-perfect doctor’s wife.

Brooke’s further stunned when Mindy asks to trade places with her for a few days so she can pick up her pieces and put herself back together. What Mindy doesn’t realize is that Brooke is just as broken. Her sister needs her though, so Brooke takes the kids and returns to Wildstone.

But how does one go home after seven years away and what feels like a lifetime of secrets? It doesn’t take long for Brooke to come face-to-face with her past, in the form of one tall, dark, sexy mistake. But Garrett’s no longer interested, or so he says. Only his words don’t match his actions, leaving Brooke feeling things she long ago shoved deep.

The sisters begin to wonder if the childhood taunts were true, are they lemons in life? In love? True or not, they know one thing—you can’t run far enough to outpace your demons. And when long-dead secrets surface, they’ll have to overcome their differences and learn that sometimes the one person who can help you the most is the one you never thought to ask.

Copy received from author for an honest review

This is the 3rd story in the Wildstone series, however each can be read as a standalone.

It was wonderful getting back to Wildstone, California - even if we are dragged back there, kicking and screaming by our leading lady Brooke.

This is Brooke's tale of going home - when you couldn't get out of there fast enough in the past.  As the story progresses, it is easy to see why Brooke never came back, and my heart hurt for her as I was reading.

Some times it is just easier to stay away, right

However, I was also frustrated with her for her reasons of staying away, from distancing herself from her family and friends... and especially Garrett.

Oh boy, how good is Garrett (and where can I get me one?)

I loved Brooke fixing her relationship with her sister Mindy - though gees Mindy got on my nerves at times, I just wanted to shake some sense into her hehe.  Her kids are all kinds of awesome and made me laugh out loud at times.

And as a reader, I was the biggest cheerleader for Brooke and Garrett rekindling their fractured relationship - just get it together guys!

 I also liked that none of the characters were perfect.  I know we read fiction to get away from the real world, but I like characters to have their flaws.  Nothing worse to me than sickly sweet perfect characters that are so unbelievable, they become unlikable (this is probably just me though lol)

The Lemon Sisters is an enjoyable, yet at times heartbreaking tale, and I hope we get more of these characters in the future.


Wednesday, 12 June 2019

❤ Wild, Crazy Hearts (The Bradens & Montgomeries; Brindle & Trace) ❤ Melissa Foster ❤

Discover the magic of New York Times bestseller Melissa Foster's writing, and see why millions of readers have fallen in love with the Bradens and the rest of the Love in Bloom big-family romance collection.


High school teacher Brindle Montgomery and rancher Trace Jericho have been close friends forever and on-again off-again lovers for years. As rebellious as they are stubborn, they're both perfectly happy with their no-strings-attached hookups. But when Brindle returns from a trip to Paris with a baby bump, it sends Trace's wild, crazy heart into a frenzy--and Brindle is left wondering if she's made the biggest mistake of her life.

The Bradens & Montgomerys are part of New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Melissa Foster's Love in Bloom big-family romance collection. Love in Bloom novels feature alpha male heroes and sexy, empowered women. They're flawed, funny, passionate, and relatable to readers who enjoy contemporary romance and women's fiction. These novels are written to stand alone or may be enjoyed as part of the larger series, so dive right into this fun, sexy romance. 

Copy received from author for an honest review

When Brindle popped up at the end of the the previous book, I knew that her and Trace's story was going to be an interesting one.

And Ms Foster has not disappointed with Wild, Crazy Hearts.

Now, I have terrible bookzheimers, and with all of Ms Foster's cross over series, I have a terrible time remembering who belongs with whom, however once I start the story it doesn't bother me, as I am in there with the new couple.

Oy, Brindle and Trace - do they do my head in or what!  One of the big things that I hate in my stories is the lack of communication that causes stupid fights and sh!t.  And oh my do this pair do a lot of that in the first half of the book - however they do get better as the story progresses.

Trace is the kind of guy we all need in our lives  - the kind of man who takes us as we are adores our foibles and protects us with all he has.  I want one, where is mine???

I loved the family, the connections, the love and banter between them all, and it makes me wish I was there with them all.

Each and every Melissa Foster book is a delight to read, and I can't wait to see what she brings us next.

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

🍋 GIMME SOME SUGAR 🍋 Juliette Poe 🍋 #SexAndSweetTea5 🍋

© Bianca Janeane

Sex & Sweet Tea series #5
• 11 June 2019

4.5 Stars

Larkin Mancinkus prides herself on making the town of Whynot, North Carolina just a little sweeter. As owner of Sweet Cakes Bakery, Larkin gets all the town gossip the sugar, the spice, and the everything not so nice. So when she finds herself on the tip of everyone’s tongue thanks to an encounter with a mysterious and handsome stranger, she learns the true meaning of ‘if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.’

Deacon Locke has spent his life traveling the world with no particular destination in mind. But when he rolls into Whynot on his Harley, he just knows there is something different about this town. What he doesn’t know is that out of all the places he’s traveled and all the people he’s met, the gorgeous bakery owner might just entice him to put down some solid roots.

Come on down to see what’s cookin’ between Larkin and Deacon!

It's finally time for Larkin to tell us her story!
She's the last of the Mancinkus siblings to find her happily ever after.
Larkin runs the town's bakery and she's part-owner in her brother's Bed & Breakfast.
The same B&B where HE just checked in.
Deacon Locke. Über-hot Biker guy.

Larkin is a bit shy and she thinks she's too chubby to attract someone like Deacon.
Poor Deacon has a lot of flirting and charming to do to get this beautiful girl to fall for him.
But what then? He's never staying in one place for long! Could he stay in Whynot for the pretty baker girl???

That was adorable!!!!!!

Another super-sweet romance in this great series!!!
A hot and dangerous biker falling for the pretty baker!
Too cute! And Deacon is so not dangerous - he's so sweet and kind and funny and he's just perfect for Larkin - and he completely fits in with her big family.
It's hilarious how everyone in town knows everything about their 'courtship' only minutes after everything happens. (Hashtag Handcuffs!!!) LOL!

I just adored this story.
No unneccessary over the top drama.
Just a sweet and sparky romance with a few tiny sadish/moving moments!

I know this is Sawyer's tame alter-ego writing sweet romances, but a little bit sexiness wouldn't have hurt. This mega fade to black thing is just too prude for my tastes. But I still really liked the story and the people in it!

GIMME SOME SUGAR was another über-adorable & sweet love story in this beautiful series! Run to your nearest amazon for your own Deacon - this one is MINE!

ARC received for an honest review

It is always fun times heading back to Whynot, NC. This time we have the baker and the biker - and a whole lotta sweetness.

Larkin is the Mancinkus sibling that I have really been waiting for.  She has been there for all her siblings as they have found their HEA, and as happy as she is for them all, she wants hers.

My heart hurts at times for her, as she doesn't see herself the way that everyone else does.  We have all had those self doubts in our lives and it takes a great guy to show her what everyone else sees.

Deacon... le sigh.  He is all kinds of swoony (though I am not all with the Jax Teller stuff, nope, not for me).  I love the way he treats our lovely Larkin.  

It was great so see a bit more of the previous couples from the earlier books.  And I had soooo forgotten how much I love Morri!

I loved that there was no OTT drama, and that our lovelies, though they had their issues, they talked things through instead of throwing tanties and not communicating.

Full of spark and snark, I read Gimme Some Sugar in one day and enjoyed every second of it.


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In case you haven't read any of Sawyer's books before - try this one:

Juliette Poe is the sweet and swoony alter ego of New York Times Best Selling author, Sawyer Bennett.

A fun-loving southern girl, Juliette knows the allure of sweet tea, small towns, and long summer nights, that some of the best dates end sitting on the front porch swing, and that family is top priority. She brings love in the south to life in her debut series, Sex & Sweet Tea.

When Juliette isn’t delivering the sweetest kind of romance, she’s teaching her southern belle daughter the fine art of fishing, the importance of wearing Chucks, and the endless possibilities of a vivid imagination.

The only problem I always have with Sawyer's writing - with every one of her books.... It's Sawyer's and my thing ☺ It's only me who has those problems with her writing. So please don't be worried or just scroll down and don't read the following...
  I have a HUGE AS problem! Sawyer always uses way too much of those ☺ You know the AS's I'm talking about? The AS that could and should be exchanged for a SINCE or BECAUSE or maybe even a COMMA ☺ It's a British and maybe a legal thing (if it's a thing at all!) and it doesn't have anything to do in an American book by an American author! I could live with one or two, but there are just sooo many. (In this case 26 that I highlighted and I'm sure I missed some!!! TWENTY SIX!)

I really don't want to insult Sawyer. I love all her books, and maybe nobody ever told her she does that.... Sawyer....please stop doing it. But pfff who am I to tell her what to do, so just forget I said anything! It doesn't stop her books from being great! I have NO idea why this is bothering me so much, but as soon as I see those millions of ASes in Sawyer's books, I get sooo annoyed! Grrr. I'm even more annoyed that she's using them in this series. This is supposed to be her alter ego - meaning, she is another person writing another kind of romance. Why not change your overuse of ASes then too??
Ugh!. Ok - rant over. ☺

 USA Today Best-Selling Author, Sawyer Bennett is a snarky southern woman and reformed trial lawyer who decided to finally start putting on paper all of the stories that were floating in her head. She is married to a mobster (well, a market researcher) and they have two big, furry dogs who hog the bed. Sawyer would like to report she doesn't have many weaknesses but can be bribed with a nominal amount of milk chocolate.