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Falling to Centerpieces By Ellie Cahill

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series Don't Ruin Katie's Wedding #1 published January 5th 2021 number of pages 236 genre contemporary, romance, adult rating ❤❤❤❤❤ cover ❤❤❤❤ ❤ Clio's and Nicole's friend is getting married. The plan was to pick up the groom's cousin August and centrepieces and drive to the venue. The night before Nicole has to go to the hospital and it's up to Clio to take the road. She picks up August. He is not like she imagined and they hit it off quite fast, agreeing to forgo the awkwardness and pretend to be best of friends. Nicole planned the road trip with a lot of sightseeing along the way. August and Clio decide to visit a few along the way and the more time they spend together, the closer they get. From sharing a kiss to falling in love. It's funny, it's swoony, it's romantic... It's just awesome! Highly recommend it! Goodreads || Amazon happy reading, anie

Books that make me want to pack up my bags and move...

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To renovate a villa on an Italian coast *sigh* Do you ever feel, like you want to pack up your life, book a flight somewhere and leave on an adventure? I do. Sometimes. Especially when daily life gets overwhelming. Surely there isn't as much laundry if you live by the sea, and it's probably a lot easier to pick up the house if you have a view of the beach in the background and listen to the roar of the waves on the daily walk...  I've been a little bit obsessed with romance books lately and there have been few books that made me feel that way. Can you tell I desperately need a vacation? :) The Edge of Summer by Erica George It's a beautiful, but also a heartbreaking story, of a girl who made all the wrong choices and lost her best friend because of it. Not that the friend is gone she has to live with that. She applies for an internship at Cape Cop. Saving whales was always their dream, but now she does it for both of them, looking to feel close to her somehow, someway.

Birch: A Witch Tree by Jennifer L. Hotes

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published June 12th 2021 number of pages 410 rating ❤❤❤❤ cover ❤❤❤ I love the creepy vibe of the book! I was hooked from the start. :) Ten years ago Megan stole the money and few belongings and left home. She began school and never looked back. After her father dies, she returned home. She stands at the very same place where she made a pact with the witch. She offered her her charm bracelet, and when the charm started to appear, she knows it was time for debt to be paid. Goodreads || Amazon happy reading, anie Received from Hidden Gems Books, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Stuck With Him by Danielle Owen-Jones

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genre romance, enemies-to-lovers, opposites attract , contemporary, adult number of pages 327 published July 12th 2022 by Bookouture GoodReads || Amazon rating πŸ–€πŸ–€πŸ–€πŸ–€πŸ–€ cover πŸ–€πŸ–€πŸ–€πŸ–€πŸ–€ Lucy is a workaholic, in the worst possible way. She runs an interior design company. There is a lot of work and with just her, she is struggling to keep up with it. It has come so far, that she spent the better part of the pre-wedding party in the bathroom hunched over the laptop. After an unfortunate drunken email, her job is on the line and she manages to disappoint her best friend, the only friend she has left, by answering the phone just before the ceremony.  Her parents are high-powered workaholics, so she spent a lot of her childhood with her grandma. When the house goes on the market she is excited to buy it, but the bank does approve her.  Part of getting back to good graces with her BF are weekly yoga sessions, which she doesn't like, at all. Especially when Zack takes over. She even st

My week in books [ #25 ]

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wednesday I've started reading The Love Experiment by Kitty Wilson the week before, but got bored. I wasn't sure if I want to DNFit, so I gave one more chance and after a while, I started loving it. It turned out to be a five star book and I'm happy I didn't put it down.  I would have missed out on great book, filled with swoony meetcutes, sweet romance and one hell of a drag show.  :) I've also read Royal Pickle by J.J. Knight . It starts with the prince running into the deli, where she works in search of a hideout and end with improp to wedding in the hills, surrounded by donkeys. :) Loved every page of it! :) thursday I've started reading River of Ashes by Alexandra Weis and Lucas Astor. I don't think I've ever read anything like it. It was scary and horrific and so so good. I couldn't put the book down. Part of the story is told from his view, and he is a sociopath, who loves to hurt girls. It's the kind of book that shakes you to the core

When He Was Wicked by Julia Quinn

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series Bridgertons #6 published June 29th 2004 by Avon number of pages 368 genre romance, friends to lovers, historical, regency, adult rating ❤❤❤❤❤ cover ❤❤❤❤ When He Was Wicked is by far my favourite in the series. Francesca the 6th sibling and the 3rd sister got her happily ever after, which abruptly ended when her husband of just two years died in unexpectedly. She mourns for a long time and runs the estate instead of Michael who ran to India. Michael and John, Francesca's husband, were cousins but grew up as brothers. Michael fell in love at first sight, only he first saw her at her wedding. Since then he was as much of her friend as he was his. When John died, it was all too much and he fleed the country. Now he is back and whatever he felt before only got stronger. Francesca decided that she wants a child. For that she needs a husband, so she comes to London for a season, at the same time as Michale returns home. She always liked him, but never saw him as something more. Unt

The Things I Can't Say by Erin FitzGerald

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series Atholton #4 published January 21st 2022 number of pages 264 genre contemporary, romance, adult rating ❤❤❤ cover ❤❤❤ Asher and Olivia fell in love and had an intense romance, 10 years ago. It all fell apart when he accepted the job in Hong Kong and she didn't want to follow him. Now they meet again when Olivia is hired at his company. They try to keep it professional, but there is too much left unsaid, to be able to stay away. But they both got issues to deal with, along with a big secret Olivia has been hiding.  The story is raw, romantic, and very emotional. Goodreads || Amazon happy reading, anie received from Hidden Gems Books, all thoughts and opinions are my own

My Own Best Enemy by Julie Christianson

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series Apple Valley Love Stories #2 published September 23rd 2021 number of pages 313 genre contemporary, romance, adult rating ❤❤❤❤❤ cover ❤❤❤❤ Emily hates Nash, since elementary school. Now their best friends are getting married. They need help with wedding plans and somehow they both get roped into helping. She hates it at first, but it becomes undeniable that there is a spark between them and the more time they spend together, the more wonderful thing she discovers about him. He might not be all that bad. It's a lovely enemy to lovers romance. It's a fun, light and quick read and enjoyed reading it very much. :) Goodreads || Amazon happy reading, anie

Reasons Why Not to Date Public Enemy CEO by Melanie Munton

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series Shell Grove #1 published June 21st 2022 number of pages 328 genre romance, contemporary, adult rating ❤❤❤❤❤ cover ❤❤❤❤ follow the tour here giveaway a Rafflecopter giveaway   One of the funniest books I've read this year. :) "So so, what are we going to tell Mr. CE Ohhh when we see him today?"   "Her breath stuttered. "I'm w-working up to it. You didn't give me a shove." Fuck me. There was nothing he wanted more in this world than to give her a nice hard shove."   "You're lucky I can drive a stick." .... "Sure you can handle pure American Muscle?" Mia works at the new resort, her job and everyone else's. She does everything and anything anyone needs. She loves helping out and loves people. Even though she still has no idea what she wants to do with her life. One day she was hunting squirrels that jumped in the pool and that was how she met Aiden. She accidentally hit him with a stick.  Aiden is not a well-like

Ending Forever by Nicholas Conley

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published May 10th 2022 by Red Adept Publishing number of pages 167 genre sci-fi, suspense rating ❤❤❤❤ cover ❤❤❤ Alex Rivers desperately needs money. Life hasn't been kind to him. He lost his parents at a young age and was bounced from foster home to foster home. Later he joined the military and played in a band. When he met his wife, it looked like things were finally starting to look up for them, but tragedy struck. And now he is broke and full of grief. So he signs up for the experiment founded by the Kindred Eternal Solution. The company was founded by the richest people on Earth to find immortality. The volunteers, like Alex, will die and be later resurrected, time and time again.  Alex hopes to see his family on the other side, but nothing in his life is ever that easy.  The story is full of suspense, and twists and turns, I never knew what was coming next. The grief and sadness of the main character are almost palpable. The characters created are very vivid, real, with flaws

To Sir Phillip, With Love by Julia Quinn

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series Bridgertons #5 published August 25th 2009 by Avon number of pages 372 genre romance, historical, regency, adult rating ❤❤❤❤❤ cover ❤❤❤❤ Sir Phillip needs a wife. His kids are out of control and he needs someone to raise them, and that someone it's not going to be him. Plague by his bad childhood, he is afraid of his own anger and his reactions to the point that he rather avoids them. Eloise loves to write letters. To anyone. When her distant cousin dies, she writes a letter of condolences and for some reason continues to correspond with Phillip. Until he proposes. She has no intention of marrying and was perfectly happy being a spinster, with her best friend. But not that Penelope is married, she wants something different. So she hops on the carriage in the middle of the night and goes to visit Sir Philip, to see if they are compatible.  The start of their courtship is very rough. She gets pranked by the kids and almost never sees him. But it's not like Eloise to give up

The Rose Stone by L. A. Kelley

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published May 18th 2022 number of pages 291 genre fairytale, fantasy rating ❤❤❤❤ cover ❤❤❤❤ Jessica has a tumour. She has little time left and her symptoms are getting worse. She gets an inspiration for a painting, that is different from her usual work and she just has to do it. It's the painting of the rose and the mysterious warrior. Somehow she ends up in a different world, in the Commonwealth of the Rose. She is sure at first that it is just a hallucination from the medicine or the tumour, but with time it becomes clear that it is something more. The world she found herself in is very different from hers and it is in trouble. And then there is Griffin, the mysterious strange she painted and very much real. She becomes torn between two worlds, one where she battles the darling and one where she battles cancer. It's a very interesting idea and I loved reading it! However, I had a hard time connecting to the writing. Amazon happy reading, anie Received the Arc from Hidden Gems

The Stolen Kingdom by Bethany Atazadeh

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series The Stolen Kingdom #1 published April 2020 by Grace House Press number of pages 336 genre ya, fantasy, fairy tale retelling rating ❤❤❤❤❤ cover ❤❤❤❤ Aria is a princess in a kingdom, with a power that is forbidden. When the king from the neighbouring kingdom tries to force her into marriage with his secret gift, she runs. She runs into a group of thieves and becomes friends with them. If she helps them, they might help her. My favourite was the world created. Filled with kingdoms and magic and secrets at every corner.  The story is a very loose retelling of the Alladin. It's an interesting story, but I had the hardest time getting into it. Goodreads || Amazon happy reading, anie

I'm Not in Love by Mia Kerick || Excerpt

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series Don't Let Go #1 published June 13th 2022 number of pages 264 genre romance, contemporary, adult, lgbtq+ follow the tour here Goodreads  ||  Amazon giveaway a Rafflecopter giveaway synopsis I’m not in love… I’m not in love… I will  never  let myself fall in love with Tristan Wilder. And maybe if I tell myself this a thousand times, I’ll believe it. Having lost his parents to a tragic accident when he was nine-years old, wealthy hotel heir Remi (Julian Remington III) refuses to form intimate emotional bonds, fearing a repeat of the crushing loss that destroyed his childhood. This means no deep friendships, no heartfelt family ties, and God forbid should he ever fall in love… Well, it’s safe to say  that  will never happen. However, as a senior at the top art college in Garner City—his last year of freedom before he’s required to take his place at the top of the Remington family empire—Remi freely explores sexual intimacy with “distractingly” beautiful men. And he does so with

After Hours Temptation by Kianna Alexander

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series 404 sound #3 published June 28th 2022 by Harlequin Desire number of pages 188 genre romance, contemporary, workplace, adult rating ❤❤❤ cover ❤❤❤ Teagan is a sound engineer and a very good one. Their studio gets hired by a knows musician for a whole summer. His goal is to finish his album, the only thing he needs is musicians. On the day of the audition, she first sees bassist Maxton McCoy and sparks fly instantly. She is devoted to her work, always at the studio, always learning and perfecting her job. The last thing she needs is a distraction. But there is too much chemistry between them, to be left ignored. I like the general storyline, it's the kind of story I loved to read, but the writing was not a good fit for me. Goodreads || Amazon happy reading, anie thanks to Netgalley and Harlequinn Desire for the ARC, all thoughts and opinions are my own

Romancing Mister Bridgerton by Julia Quinn

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series Bridgertons #4 published July 1st 2002 number of pages 370 genre romance,  friends-to-lovers, sister's-best-friend, historical, regency, adult rating ❤❤❤❤❤ cover ❤❤❤❤ My favourite.πŸ’— I love Colin in all of the books, but especially in his. Colin is the third brother. He is wickedly smart, funny and very charming. But that is all that people see in  him, his charm. And he is tired of it. Home from the latest travel, everything is different. Especially Penelope. He never notice her, she was just his sister's friend, but lately, he can't seem to stop thinking of her. He was always easy-going and level headed, and Penelopy is the only person in the world who drives him absolutely crazy. :) She is wickedly smart and challenges him constantly. Penelope has made her peace with being a spinster. She is 28 and quite happy with her life. She has her family and Eloise and a secret that keeps her quite busy. She was in love with Colin since forever, but lately, something is diff

How to Fake a Wedding Date by Karen Booth

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series Little Black Book of Secrets #3 published June 28th 2022 by Harlequin Desire number of pages 224 genre romance, contemporary, adult rating ❤❤ cover ❤❤❤ She left her fiance at the altar and has been the recurring theme in the tabloids. Now she needs a date for the wedding. Her brother's best friend seems like an obvious choice. He and her brother run an architect company together. Exposure at the wedding could bring them business and she wouldn't have to face the world alone. But as they spend time together, sparks fly and old feelings resurface, it's only a matter of time before fake becomes real. I really like the storyline, it's one of my favourite tropes, but the writing style wasn't my cup of tea. Goodreads || Amazon happy reading, anie thank you Netgalley and Harlequin Desire for the ARC, all thoughts and opinions are my own

No More Bad Dates

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series High Tea #1 published December 1st 2020 by Wild Lime Books number of pages 248 genre romance, friends-to-lovers, contemporary, adult rating ❤❤❤❤ cover ❤❤❤❤ I LOVE this book! Sophie's last boyfriend dumped her in the middle of a wedding and spent the rest of said wedding flirting with another woman. She and her two best friends form a pack- No More Bad Dates. What it meant, is that every potential date has to go through an interrogation session with her friends before going out.  Sophie's roommate, Jason, wants to join the pack too, offering a male perspective. But he keeps on saying no to anyone. There might be a reason for it. <3 It's so good, light and fun to read. I read in one sitting and smiled the whole time.  It's cute, it's funny and it's heartwarming. Highly recommend it! Goodreads || Amazon happy reading, anie

Ame Goes to Japan: A Book About One Cool Cat's Travels in Japan by Mami Bacera

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series The Travels of Ame the Cat #1 number of pages 36 published July 19 2020 by Rounded Specs Publishing genre children's, travel ratingπŸ’™ πŸ’™ πŸ’™ πŸ’™ πŸ’™ cover πŸ’™ πŸ’™ πŸ’™ πŸ’™ Ame is a cat, that was born in Japan and now lives in America. The time has come, for him to visit Japan, all by himself. He travels by plane, train and foot and then visits all of the touristy places. His visit ended with fireworks. It serves as an introductory book for kids to get to know Japan and learn a little bit about the culture. The illustrations are very pretty and the story is lovely, too. There is a little game, dictionary and facts at the end of the book, that makes the story even better. Goodreads || Amazon happy reading, anie Thank you Hidden Gems Books for the ARC. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

Matched by Masala by Mona Shroff

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published June 28th 2022 by Harlequin Special Edition number of pages 288 genre contemporary, romance, adult rating ❤❤❤❤❤ cover ❤❤❤ Divya has gone through a lot. As a teen, she survived cancer and now she wants to live each day like it's her last, cause she never knows if it will come back. She is impulsive and goes after what she wants. A complete opposite of Amar.  Amar is stuck. Living in the family home, he works as a caterer in the kitchen that is crumbling around him, but he can't stand to fix it. He's afraid that the memories of his family will vanish with the reno, not to mention how much guilt and regret he carries with him. Until his sister forces him to move on. Divya has bought an old school bus. She is a pastry chef and plans to use it for jobs. They decide to work together. But after the kiss they shared last year, the air between the is full of tension and sparks. But falling in love seems too risky. It's such a romantic story, with lots of will they- won

An Offer From a Gentleman by Julia Quinn

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series Bridgertons #3 published October 13th 2009 by Avon number of pages 390 genre historical, regency, romance, adult rating ❤❤❤❤❤ cover ❤❤❤❤ ❤ Sophie's life was never easy. She was dropped off at her father's house when she was very little. As an illegitimate child, she was raised as Count's ward. When he got married, the new wife brought with him two daughters, about Sophie's age. She hated her from the start and did all that it was in her power to get rid of her. It got worse when the count died. She was kept, but not as a ward, more as a slave. On the night of Lady Bridgerton's ball, she is able to stop being a maid for one night and be someone else, a mysterious lady in silver. At the ball, she captures everyone's attention, especially Benedict's. He takes her to a private balcony and they spend the night talking, dancing, and sharing a kiss. Sophie's life goes from bad to worse soon after, but that kiss is something she will always have. Benedict

Nelican's Lemons by Riya Aarini & Mariana Hnatenko (Illustrator)

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number of pages 32 published May 7th 2022 genre children's, picture book rating  ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ cover  ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ Nelican is the pelican who lives on an island. One day he receives the basket of lemons, but they are sound. The offers them to all of his buddies, but no one wants them. Then makes lemonade and invites everyone. The story is written in verse, but it's not too on the nose and the illustrations are so so pretty. It's a lovely story, but it would be better if the words flow more smoothly. The illustrations are gorgeous! Goodreads || Amazon happy reading, anie Thank you Hidden Gems Books for the ARC. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

A Game Between Friends by Yahrah St. John

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published May 24th 2022 by Harlequin Desire number of pages 224 genre romance, second chance, contemporary, adult rating ❤❤❤ cover ❤❤ Porsha is world known singer. Her life is not her own. Her mom is her manager and every aspect of her life is planned out, she gets no freedom. Xavier use to be a quarterback, but because of injury, he had to leave that career. They use to be together but broke up. Now he is a sportscaster and when he sees her performing at the station, the old feeling arises. But this time it feels more real.  I like the story at the beginning, but after about half, I started to lose interest and had a hard time getting into it. Goodreads || Amazon happy reading, anie Thank you Netgalley and Harlequin for the ARC. All thoughts and opinions are my own.