ARC Review: Tracking You (Kelly Moran)

“You are no star, Gabby. You’re the sky. The rest of us are just circling your orbit.”

Excuse me while I swoon…

Sometimes you have a feeling that a book will be wonderful. This is one of those occasions for me. From the very beginning, I felt my heart being enchanted by both Gabby and Flynn. I loved these two so f*cking much.

Gabby Cosette is the girl-next-door… she is the good girl that everyone likes to be friends with, but not exactly attracted to her as something more. Gabby longs to have someone who wants her for her, who loves her, who worships her, because she is worth all that.

Flynn O’Grady, the middle of the O’Grady doctor, has been born deaf … so he is used to being invisible. People don’t really know how to engage with the deaf boy, do they? But Gabby has been Flynn’s best friend for over two decades. There isn’t a significant moment in Flynn’s life that he can’t think of not sharing it with Gabby. Because of that, he doesn’t act on his secret attraction on Gabby. Especially because Gabby isn’t romantically interested in him – or so he thinks.

Oh, these two *hugs them tight*. I love friends-to-lovers trope, and I think that Tracking You is this trope being written AMAZINGLY WELL. I believed on the process of Gabby and Flynn moving into something more. They have been in each other’s lives since the forever! I could also believe the conflict. With this trope, usually the argument is “I don’t want to risk the friendship” … and that can be dangerous because it is easy to make it lame and repetitive.

Not here though. I could understand how Flynn thought that he was dragging Gabby down. His life is tightly integrated with Gabby. She is in both his personal and professional life. Does Gabby choose this life because she wants to or simply because she is his friend? That as kindhearted as Gabby is, she wants to make Flynn’s life easier … like she did more than twenty years ago when she demanded to learn sign language to be able to communicate with Flynn.

I LOVED the conflict and the internal arguments that happened between both our heroine and hero. I loved Gabby for being so wonderful, gentle, loving, loyal, and tough in her own way. I loved Flynn for being flawed (not because he is deaf, but because he can’t see what is good for him! Stupid boy). And I loved them together.

This is definitely one of my most favorite romance novels of the year. It has almost everything I want … including the grand gesture that put me all teary eyed. I only wish Ms. Moran adds another chapter or an epilogue just to wrap this one with colorful rainbow tie

Now I cannot wait to read Drake’s story.

RATING: 4.5 out of 5

 

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The ARC is provided by the publisher via Netgalley for an exchange of fair and honest review. No high rating is required for any ARC received.

 

BOOK INFO:

Title: Tracking You
Author: Kelly Moran
Series: Redwood Ridge, #2
Genre: MF Contemporary Romance
Length: 250 pages
Publisher: Lyrical Shine
Purchase Links: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Kobo
Release Date: May 23, 2017

ARC Review: A Charmed Little Lie (Sharla Lovelace)

I discovered Sharla Lovelace last year, with her Heart of the Storm series. I love her writing style. Which is why, when I saw that she had a new series with Lyrical Press, I jumped for the chance to request the advanced copy.

Lanie Barrett needs a husband. Stat. Apparently her deceased Aunt Ruby makes it a clause in her will that in order for Lanie to inherit the house and the money, Lanie needs to prove that she is blissfully married and must stay with her husband for three months at the house. It’s all because Lanie spun a story about her nuptial to her aunt shortly before she passed away. Enters Nick McKane, a divorcé who needs work and money to send his daughter to college. So Nick agrees to be Lanie’s husband and Lanie promises to share the wealth. Only things get complicated when their fake marriage starts to feel real.

Well, for the most part, A Charmed Little Lie is a delightful read! The story is written solely from Lanie’s first person perspective and she is FUN to be around with. I loved her quips … the humor here fit to my liking. I had so much fun reading how Lanie tried to get out from the deep hole that she dug herself into.

Some of the situations might be a little rom-com cliché, like the way Lanie’s ex (and his wife!) tried to seduce Lanie and Nick away from each other, since they were in it for the money as well … but it resulted in hilarious moments, I couldn’t really complain.

It isn’t perfect though… I wish that Ms. Lovelace explores more about Nick and Lanie “connecting” before acknowledging that they fall in love with one another. Since this book is only from Lanie’s perspective, I felt that Nick was still a mysterious character. I didn’t know much about him apart from him being a divorced father who needed the money … most of what I knew about Nick I got from Lanie’s opinion (and perception) about him. I didn’t really knew what Nick thought of Lanie and when he fell in love with Lanie. It felt a bit one sided…

Having said that, I definitely can say that I was charmed (see what I did there *wink*) and I look forward to reading the next book about Carmen, Lanie’s friend.

RATING: 4 out of 5

 

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The ARC is provided by the publisher via Netgalley for an exchange of fair and honest review. No high rating is required for any ARC received.

 

BOOK INFO:

Title:
 A Charmed Little Lie
Author: Sharla Lovelace
Series: Charmed in Texas, #1
Genre: MF Contemporary Romance
Length: 241 pages
Publisher: Lyrical Shine
Purchase Links: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Google Playstore
Release Date: April 18, 2017

ARC Review: By Firelight (Janice Maynard)

** SPOILER REVIEW **

By Firelight: 1.5 stars

I rarely gave a book below 2-stars (simply because 2-stars is my benchmark for “dislike”) but MY GOD, this novella just made me want to rant. I’m sorry but this story was ATROCIOUS. I couldn’t find anything good to say about it. The dialog was ridiculously bad. The heroine was supposed to be this murder mystery author but she didn’t have any sense of danger, being trapped in a cabin with a STRANGER. The hero tucked her hair within minutes of meeting, called her with endearments like sweetheart, honey, or baby — she proposed sex, and within 48 hours they were ENGAGED. Oh, and she supposedly didn’t believe in love because her parents of 35-years just got divorce.

WHAT THE HELL IS THIS STORY!?! I was fuming mad after I finished.

Stupid, STUPID romance. HMPH.

Hot Arctic Nights: 2.5 stars

This was slightly better but still not good. The heroine arrived in Alaska, for a job, and she didn’t even research the place?! Seriously, she came to me as incompetent!! It was getting better as the story went, at least there was some relationship development, although everything was also rushed. But then again, this was a novella, so I kinda expected that. Oh, except when Daniel also ended up proposing to Hallie, and then bought the whole B & B as wedding present. WTF? People might think it was romantic, but me, I prefer to be ASKED when it come to BIG present like that!

RATING: 2 out of 5

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The ARC is provided by the publisher via Netgalley for an exchange of fair and honest review. No high rating is required for any ARC received.

 

BOOK INFO:
byfirelightTitle: By Firelight
Author: Janice Maynard
Genre: MF Contemporary Romance
Length: 200 pages
Publisher: Lyrical Shine
Release Date: October 11, 2016

ARC Review: The Cottage on Pumpkin and Vine (Kate Angell, Jennifer Dawson, Sharla Lovelace)

Halloween in July. Why not? I picked up this anthology from Netgalley because I loved the cover and I was trying these three new-to-me authors a try; like a sample if I want to pick up their full-length available novels. The three stories are intertwined in terms of location: Rose Cottage on Pumpkin and Vine, where legend says that people can find true love when they stay the night.

Charmed by You (Kate Angell): 3 stars

I was trying to figure out where the story was going, and it took me a while to warm up to Grace, the heroine. In fact, I wasn’t really sure about her even until the very end. She was a little bit too perfectionist, too pushy, too bossy for my taste. I am a more laid-back kind of girl, and people like that (not just women) make me exhausted *lol*. BUT, I admit that I saw Grace in a different light when she was with those kids. She was wonderful there, kind-hearted and generous. She wanted the best for the party and well, hats off for her. As for Cade, I wasn’t really convinced with his (slightly) sudden change of heart but they did establish a good connection during the decoration. The cat was awesome, by the way.

Mesmerized by You (Jennifer Dawson) 3.75 stars

While I might be a little unsure with the sense of magic that finally brought Jake and Chloe together, but I thought the story was sweet!! I always love friends-to-lovers trope and this one just made my heart happy and brought HUGE smile to my face when I finished it. Jake and Chloe are quite likeable as characters and it was clear that they belong with one another. When both finally realized that all this time, they might as well already be a couple (but without the sex *lol*) it was adorable.

Enchanted by You (Sharla Lovelace) 4.5 stars

My favorite of the bunch. My heart just exploded with all the feels. And I cried. On the wee hours of the morning when I read this novella. YES, DARN, I cried because it was just beautifully written, using my favorite romance trope ever: second chances. The bulk of this story happened within few days, when Sidney Jensen came to Moonbright to settle a case, and ended up finding out that her old first love, Sawyer Finn, was also there. Despite that, the tension between them was so palpable (AND DELICIOUS).

Twelve years ago, Sawyer broke Sidney’s heart. I think both were never the same, like something was missing. My GOSH I loved these two so much. The angst was done right. The confession and the reconnecting part were also well-written. And the happiness WELL-DESERVED. You know the part where you read romance, and you can feel that the couple is so perfect for one another because after the obstacles they face, you can imagine them living HEA off screen? Yes, that was Sidney and Sawyer for me.

Seriously, if this novella is released separately in the future, I will run and buy it immediately. Now I want to read what other stories Sharla Lovelace have written!

 

RATING: 4 out of 5
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The ARC is provided by the publisher via Netgalley for an exchange of fair and honest review. No high rating is required for any ARC received.

 

BOOK INFO:


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Title: The Cottage on Pumpkin and Vine
Author: Kate Angell, Jennifer Dawson, Sharla Lovelace
Genre: MF Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Kensington
Release Date: August 30th, 2016