Friday 26 February 2021

✪ SCARS & SILVER LININGS ✪ Kelsey Kingsley ✪

 ©  Bianca ✰ 

• 26 February 2021
• standalone dramance
• Daisies & Devin Spin-Off

4.25 Stars

Two little, pink lines should have been a good thing, but for Kendall Wright, it felt like the end of the world. Especially when her career as a successful romance novelist had only just begun to take off.


But with the acceptance of her flaky boyfriend, and the help of a friendly bartender, she begins to see how those two little, pink lines could actually be a blessing.


Except pregnancy isn’t always what it’s cut out to be, and sometimes, things can take a turn for the worst when you least expect it. And after an emergency C-section, the premature birth of her son, and the loss of that flaky boyfriend, Kendall begins the hard, rewarding, and oftentimes traumatic life of NICU parenthood alone.


But soon, she realizes that, where there is darkness, there is usually light.


And there are always friendlyand very attractivebartenders.

Kendall is 35 years old and lives in a little apartment in New York City.
She's finally able to halfway live from the money she makes being a romance author. For the last three years she has been dating Brendan - 
on and off .
And now we're suddenly pregnant.
Brendan is not really on board with the whole thing.
But maybe Goose will be.
The sexy barkeeper Kendall met the day she found out she was pregnant.
But he's dating this hot blonde. And it's not his kid, plus Brendan is still around...

What will happen with Kendall, Goose and the baby??
We'll see ....
Let the fun and not so fun times begin ...

Okay. Let's get the weird stuff out of the way.
I hate feet. Like really hate them. Same with noses, but there's no nose on the cover here. And yes, I know, that's a cute baby foot. But still. I can't look at feet. Ew. Sorry.
Kelsey's covers are always beautiful - except the last one - I hate red too. LOL! But usually her covers are just absolutely amazing.
So I'm just going to not look at this cover. Or the Currently Reading graphic that was sent to us bloggers - there are TWO feet on that thing. Wrinkly little thingies that look like they belong to a 80 year old - not to a baby. 
Okay - foot rant over.

The story.
I was a bit afraid to read this.
No one who picks up a romance wants sad and heartbreaking things to happen to the people in the book. And the blurb already tells us that there will be lots of fights to fight through.
And yes - there's a lot of sad and heartbreaking baby stuff in here. But it's also a very cute and sexy and funny love story!
The baby-in-the-hospital part was hard, but it was also beautiful and full of hope. Of course we're scared of everything that can go wrong, but we just hope that everything will end up okay. And the hospital part is not the whole book. Not at all. We also find time to get our happily ever after with Goose. I loved Goose. He's a great guy. But I just didn't love-love the falling for each other part. I didn't get any relationship vibes from Goose and Kenny. They're just good friends and then suddenly they're in love. I didn't feel it. 
I also didn't really love their ages! Kenny seems to immature and she's nowhere near a place in life where a mid-thirties person should be. If someone would tell me that Kenny was 23 or 27 I would totally believe it.
But I still loved reading it. The story was cute and sweet and hard and scary.
SCARS & SILVER LININGS was a beautiful, funny, sweet + heartbreaking love story.
Run to your nearest amazon for your own Goose - he'll be sold out in no time!


Vinnie & Andy

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Daisies & Devin

Holly Freakin' Hughes

When I was a wee lassie, I was told by my preschool teachers that I was a natural at storytelling. When I was just a little older than that, an old friend's mother said to me, "Kelsey, one day your books are going to be on the shelves at the library." 

Well, Diane, I don't know if my books are ever going to be on the shelves of libraries, but I'm sure as hell going to try. 

When I'm not writing stories destined to be bestsellers, I enjoy devouring TV shows, listening to every type of music there is and going to concerts, reading pretty much anything (with a soft spot for romance and certain books located in 18th century Scotland), obsessing over makeup, and pretending to workout. 

I also have a fondness for cats, my family, tattoos, and a really good French fry.