Friday, 20 October 2017

REVIEW: PERFECT SCENTS by VIRGINIA TAYLOR


Perfect Scents
Romance by Design #2
By Virginia Taylor
Releasing September 26th, 2017
Lyrical Shine




In Perfect Scents (Romance by Design #2) by Virginia Taylor, Calliope 'Calli' Allbrook needs the job she's taken in hopes of staying out of the limelight and to mend the broken heart she suffered when her ex took advantage of her and she lost everything. Now though, she's working hard and is determined to pay back the money she owes. If only she could stay away from her gorgeous neighbour and her desire to help him renovate his home to net him the best price. However, the more time Calli spends with Kell, the more she finds herself falling for a guy that's more interested in one-night stands than forever after. Will Calli give forever after a shot now that she's met her Mr. Right, or will Calli turn her back on their growing relationship because she's scared?

Having really enjoyed the first book of this series, I was looking forward to this second book of Ms. Taylor's Romance by Design series, and I've got to say that this book does not disappoint. Not only because of the intense chemistry between the hero and heroine, but because of their back stories that make these two so captivating and fascinating. The way this story started had me sympathizing with the heroine, as she's in a bit of a bind because of what her ex did. Will her ex end up paying for what he did, especially since her reputation was tarnished because of his actions and the media painting her as the bad guy? Will she ever be able to prove she wasn't at fault? However, it was from the moment the hero and heroine met that had me laughing, because of the hero's wrong assumptions when it comes to the heroine.

As for the dialogue, it was well-written and a wonderful combination of intense moments due to the main characters back stories and playful banter and actions by the characters that had me smiling and laughing, especially the moment where the hero realizes that Calli is not what he first thought. How could he be so mistaken when she looks the way she does? Moreover, the heroine is strong, courageous, sassy, hard-working and I liked how determined she is to repay her parents for all that they've done for her. I could also understand her need for secrecy, especially with everything that's happened to her in the past and because of who her family is. Yet, what I liked most of all about the heroine was that she took a chance on the hero, even though he's more of a one-night stand kind of guy than a man that believes in happy ever after.

While the hero, he's confident, has a nickname that proves he's good with the ladies but is the love-'em-and-leave-'em type, and I liked how driven he was when it came to his career and proving that he has what it takes to achieve his dreams, if he's given a chance. However, what I liked most of all about the hero was that he gave the heroine the benefit of the doubt when it came to her past and that he didn't judge her once he learnt the truth. Yet, what I liked most of all about the hero was how determined he was to get everything he wants in life on his own merit. That he didn't take advantage of who he knew and what they could for him, which is proven once he discovers more about the heroine.

Overall, Ms. Taylor has penned a delightful and riveting read in this book where this couple's romance was exciting and definitely does justice to this couple's intense chemistry; the secondary characters were just as entertaining as the main ones; and the ending had me totally enchanted by all that the hero has accomplished when it comes to the house he's been renovating and his job prospects. However, it was how things turned out for the hero and heroine that I absolutely loved, because Kell has to work all of his magic to win the heroine over, as she's stubborn when it comes to their future as a couple or whether they'll go their separate ways. I would recommend Perfect Scents by Virginia Taylor, if you enjoy the mistaken identity trope or books by authors Allison B. Hanson, Sharon Struth, Maggie Wells and Lindy Zart.


Two unsuspecting lovers stumble upon the blueprint for love . . .


Calliope Allbrook takes a job in lovely, sunny Adelaide, Australia, hoping to lose herself in her work as a balm for her broken heart. And if it weren’t for the handsome hunk renovating the house next door, Calli would never even have looked up from the garden she is designing for her latest client. But rugged Kellen Dee is just the cure the beautiful heiress needs. After all, he has no idea who she is, so he certainly won’t see her as a meal ticket. Then there’s the fact that Kell’s deliciously sexy—and incredibly good with his hands . . .

From the moment Kell takes her in his arms, he knows Calli is more than just a fling. Then the blue collar bachelor learns he’s not sharing his bed with just any woman, but the wealthy daughter of the man who could make Kell’s construction business a success—and Kell the kind of well-heeled man worthy of Calli’s love. But he’ll have to be careful his ambitions don’t trip up his heart . . .

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REVIEW: DO NOT OPEN 'TIL CHRISTMAS by SIERRA DONOVAN


Do Not Open 'Til Christmas
Evergreen Lane #3
By Sierra Donovan
Releasing September 26th, 2017
Zebra


In Do Not Open 'Til Christmas (Evergreen Lane #3) by Sierra Donovan, freelance reporter Chloe Davenport finally has a chance to show how good of a writer she is and hopefully earn herself a full-time position with the Gazette. However, proving herself to Bret Radner -- the man that's been put in charge while the boss is away -- isn't easy. Still, she's determined not to give up, even if it means challenging him on just about everything. Yet, the more time Chloe spends with Bret, the more determined she is to break through his tough exterior and hopefully bring something good back into his life during Christmastime. Will Chloe be able to get through to Bret and show him that Christmas is a time of joy, or will she lose the man she's falling in love with?

This is the first book I've read of this series and I've got to say that this story had everything I love in a romance such as wonderful dialogue that had me loving the banter between the hero and heroine, as Chloe challenges Bret with her smarts and her drive to prove she can be a great journalist; and enjoyable main characters with back stories that just made me keep reading, especially that of the hero, as Christmas isn't a happy time for him. Will he ever be happy at Christmas again? Will the heroine be able to help him overcome the grief he's held on to for years because of what happened around Christmastime?

As for the dialogue, it was intense due to the main characters back stories, but the story did stir plenty of emotion too -- smiling, laughing, a few tears -- as the heroine does her best to prove her worth with the stories she writes, which had an effect on the hero when it came to one particular story and the lose of someone he loved; and does everything in her power to help the hero move forward and give him a reason to see Christmas as something more than a holiday where he's still grieving the lose of someone. Moreover, the heroine is resilient; driven, and passionate about writing, which she hopes to take to another level with what she's doing that she opens up to the hero about. I also liked how the heroine challenged the hero and got him to open up about why Christmas is such a painful time for him and why he's living in a small town instead of working in a big city.

While the hero, he's a talented reporter, a good son to a father that's struggling with his own pain, and I liked how the heroine got under his skin. Since he needed help to finally heal from his loss and not allow Christmas to remind him of such a painful time in his life. Really, the heroine brings joy and I liked that she wasn't afraid to push him a little to open up to her, because he needed to open up to someone. I also liked how loyal the hero was when it came to all he's done for his family, even though it doesn't seem fair at times with all that he's sacrificed.

Overall, Ms. Donovan has penned a fantastic and mesmerizing read in this book where the chemistry between this couple was strong and had me completely hooked because the hero needs Chloe in his life to be able to heal; the romance was lightly-detailed, but still shows off how great these two are together; and the ending had me worried for one of the main characters. Yet, in saying that, I loved how things worked out for the hero and heroine, as he would do anything for the heroine, which is proven by the lengths he goes to for her because he can't lose her. However, it was the epilogue that wrapped this story up perfectly, because Bret is so creative in the way he has such a way with words and I loved the last line. I would recommend Do Not Open 'Til Christmas by Sierra Donovan, if you enjoy Christmas romances, the enemy to lovers trope, or books by authors Sharla Lovelace, Stacy Finz, Samantha Chase and Cynthia Tennent.

 

What happens when a Scrooge-like boss and a determined young woman have to work together during the holidays? A Christmas of surprises . . .

Bret Radner once dreamed of being a hard-hitting journalist, exposing corruption and writing Pulitzer-winning pieces. But heart-tugging circumstances kept him at the Tall Pine Gazette, where small town life, new neighbors, and human interest stories are the news. In charge for the entire holiday season, Bret is determined to run the newsroom right. Yet with a too-pretty rookie reporter to train, he finds himself challenged on just about everything . . .

A waitress at the Pine 'n' Dine restaurant, freelance reporter Chloe Davenport finally gets her big chance to work full-time for the Gazette. But proving herself to her handsome boss won't be easy. He turns down all her holiday-themed stories and, in fact, doesn't seem to like Christmas at all. Yet the closer Chloe works with Bret, the more she realizes that his tough exterior conceals a hidden hurt . . . and a heart she wants to fill with glad tidings of great joy--for many seasons to come . . .

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Thursday, 19 October 2017

REVIEW: HIS PERFECT PARTNER by PRISCILLA OLIVERAS


His Perfect Partner
Matched to Perfection #1
Priscilla Oliveras
Releasing September 26th, 2017
Zebra




In His Perfect Partner (Matched to Perfection #1) by Priscilla Oliveras, Tomas Garcia is a man doing his best to balance his professional and personal lives. However, being so laser-focused on his career, it seems he's missing more and more time with his daughter. Yet, he's determined to do better starting with learning the moves Yazmine Fernandez is teaching in her class for the Christmas father/daughter routine. But the more time Tomas spends with Yazmine, the more he wants her in his life. Will he be able to convince her to take a chance on him or will her desire to get back to Broadway tear them apart?

What a beautifully-crafted, emotionally-intense read Ms. Oliveras has penned in this story that was incredible due to the main characters back stories, their growing relationship and the enchanting dialogue between them that had me totally focused on my kindle and nothing else. Certainly, I love a book that immediately pulls me in, especially when a hero is a single dad doing his best to balance his work and personal lives as Tomas does throughout, even though he's doing everything he can to close the deal of a lifetime for his career. Will he be able to give his daughter the attention she deserves while being able to close the deal he's looking to secure? However, it was from the moment the hero and heroine met that I loved, as Yazmine isn't afraid to give Tomas a piece of her mind when it comes to his daughter and the fact that he needs to be there more for her. Will Tomas accept the heroine's advice?

The dialogue was compelling and had me absolutely hooked by the main characters back stories and everything that's happening in their lives on their journey to happy ever after. Moreover, the dialogue was also intense too due to what's happening with one of the secondary characters that has the heroine worried. Will the heroine be able to talk some sense into this secondary character or will she have to accept the inevitable? Yet, what I liked most of all about the dialogue is the interactions between the hero and heroine as well as between the main characters and the hero's daughter; an adorable little girl that loves spending time with the secondary characters in Yazmine's family. 

As for the main characters, both are totally enthralling, as neither have had much success with love. The mother of Tomas's adorable little girl abandoned them and it's not easy for the hero to put his trust in any woman, which is why he's so focused on his career and his daughter's happiness. Will the heroine win Tomas over and prove not all women are like his ex? Then there's what the heroine's ex did to her that has her wary of giving another man a chance. Moreover, the heroine is resilient, courageous, sassy and I liked how driven she was when it came to her dancing career. I also liked her loyalty to her family and that she would do anything for sisters and her father, which is proven by making sure she gets her career back on track in order to make her father's dream for her come true.

While the hero, he's hard-working, a great dad, and I liked how determined he was to balance his work and personal lives, even though he's doing everything he can to win an account that will be worth all the extra hours he's put towards it. I also liked how the hero put his trust in the heroine when it came to his daughter and how he gave the heroine a chance, even knowing that she was set to get back to her life. Yet, what I liked most about the hero was his determination to make sure his daughter knew how special and loved she was through his actions, no matter how much work keeps him busy.

Overall, Ms. Oliveras has penned a captivating and wonderful read in this book where the chemistry between this couple was heady and convincing; and the ending had me charmed by this couple's happy ever after, because of the decision Yazmine makes that gives her the chance to be with Tomas. Also, I loved their conversation towards the end as Yazmine really is the perfect partner for the hero. I would recommend His Perfect Partner by Priscilla Oliveras, if you enjoy the mysterious strangers trope; a story containing a workaholic hero and a heroine that isn't afraid to tell it like it is; or if you are a fan of authors Alexis Daria, Mia Sosa, Laura Florand and Michelle Major.



Ad executive Tomas Garcia shouldn't even be thinking about his daughter's alluring dance teacher, Yazmine Fernandez. Burned by a shattering divorce, he's laser-focused on his career and giving his young daughter, Maria, the secure home she deserves. Plus, he's certain that with her talent, Yaz will be leaving Chicago and heading back to Broadway as soon as she can. But Yaz's generous spirit and caring concern are sparking a desire Tomas can't resist and doesn't want to let go . . .

For Yaz, good-looking workaholics like Tomas simply can't be part of her life ever again. She owes it to herself to get back her confidence and fulfill the dreams her papa could not. She's glad to spend time with Maria and taste the family life she feels she can never have. And she's sure that she and Tomas can keep their attraction under control because there's so much at stake. But each unexpected intimacy, each self-revelation, makes the fire between them grow hotter with every step and every risk to their hearts . . .

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REVIEW: BACHELOR GAMES by DAIRE ST DENIS


Bachelor Games
Tropical Temptation #3
By Daire St. Denis
Releasing October 9th, 2017
Entangled Publishing




In Bachelor Games (Tropical Temptation #3) by Daire St. Denis, Becca Evans is a sister that would do anything for those she loves, so helping Grace achieve her best in the beauty contests/pageants she enters hasn't been a hard ship. But with her latest contest having the prize of a date with Calum Price, America's most eligible bachelor, Becca's not sure how she can help Grace win when she wants the prize all to herself. However, when things become complicated and Becca finds her loyalty being tested, will Becca choose her sister over the man she's coming to love or will she finally realize that love and happiness is worth fighting for?

There was a lot to like about this story, but the heroine's altruism when it came to pushing for happiness between her sister and Calum just annoyed me, especially considering the way this story starts sets the fast-pace of this story and definitely had me flipping the pages quickly wanting to know whether Becca would choose her happiness for once and allow her sister to be in charge of her own life and happiness. Will Becca give Calum a chance? Will Calum be able to convince Becca that she deserves love just as much as anyone? 

As for the dialogue, I really enjoyed how this story started with what happens between Becca and Calum and how it progresses between these two that shows off their great chemistry and red hot romance. Certainly, these two are meant to be together, if Calum can convince Becca that she's the one he wants. Furthermore, I was really intrigued by the hero and heroine's back stories, as the hero has done really well for himself and I liked how far he was willing to go to achieve the deal he's looking to make. I also liked how tenacious the hero was when it came to winning the heroine's heart, which isn't easy, because she's always put her sister's happiness ahead of her own. Something that needs to stop, considering all she's achieved for her career, which is proven by the fact she's moving on to bigger and better things. Will the heroine finally realize that her sister can take care of herself, especially considering Grace is older than Becca?

Overall, this author has penned a very hot and riveting read in this book where the chemistry between this couple was instant the moment they met; the romance full of exquisite heat and passion because Becca loves Calum to experiment; and the ending had me absolutely captivated by how far Becca and her sister are determined to go to right a wrong from the past and get revenge on someone that hurt the heroine. I also liked how things worked out for the hero and heroine, because Calum will do anything to prove to the heroine that love is worth fighting for. I would recommend Bachelor Games by Daire St. Denis, if you enjoy the mysterious strangers trope or books by authors Cathryn Fox, Suzanne Rock, Samanthe Beck and Rebecca Brooks.




Brilliant, but plain scientist Becca Evans has always done everything she could to make her beautiful sister, Grace, happy. So, when Grace started entering beauty contests, Becca did everything she could to make sure her sister won.

Now, she’s looking at another pageant—at a resort in the Caribbean. The prize? A date with America’s most eligible bachelor, Calum Price. For Grace, it would be the ultimate coup—landing a billionaire. Unfortunately, Calum seems to like Becca better...

Still, she’s determined to help her sister win. Calum doesn’t have to know that she’s the brains behind the beauty, the voice behind the veil, the finger behind the sexting...

But when things go too far, Becca must decide where her loyalty lies—with her sister...or the man she’s falling in love with.

Let the games begin.

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REVIEW: THE CHRISTMAS PROMISE by SEAN D. YOUNG


The Christmas Promise
McClendon Holiday #2
By Sean D. Young
Releasing October 9th, 2017
Entangled Publishing



In The Christmas Promise (McClendon Holiday #2) by Sean D. Young, Jennifer 'Jenn' McClendon and Simeon Baker spent a week getting to know each other during their time on a beautiful tropical island. Then when they both returned to Chicago, Simeon was hoping to spend more time with Jennifer, but things didn't turn out like he hoped after a tragic accident that almost ended his life. Now though, three years later, they have a chance to be together again. Will Simeon be able to win Jennifer's heart, or will he lose his chance at happy ever after with her?

What a totally wonderful, emotionally-intense, heartwarming read this author has delivered in this second story of their McClendon Holiday series where the main characters had me sympathizing with them because of all they've been through with Jenn's ex betraying her the way he did and then what happens to the hero that makes him break his promise of wanting to get to know Jenn better once they're back in Chicago. Will it take Jenn long to forgive Simeon? Will Simeon react well when he finds out Jenn's secret? However, it was from the moment that the hero and heroine came back into each other's lives after spending their island holiday together that had me reading this story quickly, determined to discover whether Jennifer would allow Simeon back into her life. Will she make the right decision for their children?

As for the dialogue, it was riveting due to what happened to Simeon that kept him from finding his way back to Jennifer after their island holiday; and what happens towards the end of this story that had me wondering whether this couple would get their happy ever after. Would one of the main characters be all right? Moreover, the heroine is strong and brave because of what happens to her at the beginning and how she handles it; and then what she goes through with letting Simeon back into her life. I also liked the close bond she has with her family and how they're always there for each other when it comes to needing advice. Will Jennifer listen to her sisters advice? Yet, what I liked most of all about the heroine was that she gave Simeon a chance to begin with, as there's something about him she just can't resist.

While the hero, he's been through a lot and it's understandable why his mother is so protective of him when it comes to her reaction to Jennifer and the kids. I also liked how persistent the hero was when it came to winning back Jennifer because he wants her so much and needs her in his life to be able to balance out his professional life with his personal one, otherwise he'll end up burning out from over-working like he was doing back when he originally met her. Yet, what I liked most of all about the hero is his growing bond with his children and how he was willing to do everything in his power to prove to Jennifer that he wants a place in his children's lives, which is proven with all his does for the kids.

Overall, this author has penned another really good read for this story where this couple's chemistry was strong; their romance heart-warming and on the sweet side; and the ending had me concerned for one of the main characters. Would they be all right? However, I loved how things worked out for Jennifer and Simeon in the end that shows how important love, family and happiness is and that they shouldn't let anything keep them apart, especially not after everything they've already been through. I would recommend The Christmas Promise by Sean D. Young, if you enjoy second chance romances, the surprise pregnancy trope, or books by authors LE Rico, Annie Seaton, Candace Shaw and Synithia Williams.



Jennifer McClendon is in need of a vacation. What better place to get away from everything than a sun-drenched tropical island? And there’s no better way to get over her ex and have some fun than to spend a little time with a handsome software engineer who’s also on holiday. What could it hurt? They won’t see each other again anyway.

Simeon Baker wants more than a holiday romance with the gorgeous woman he meets on vacation, but a tragic accident that almost ends his life leaves him in hospital for months, and he isn’t able to follow up on his promise to keep in touch. But Fate steps in four years after their magical island holiday, and Simeon realizes Jennifer didn’t only leave the island with good memories. If he can convince Jennifer to give them a chance at something permanent, this might just be their first family Christmas.

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REVIEW: MAKE ME YOURS by REBECCA BROOKS


Make Me Yours
Men of Gold Mountain #4
By Rebecca Brooks
Releasing October 9th, 2017
Entangled Publishing



In Make Me Yours (Men of Gold Mountain #4) by Rebecca Brooks, Claire Collins loved Ryan Thomas so much, but she never expected to see him ever again, not after the way she left. She did the right thing for her unborn baby at the time, especially since she was never able to deny Ryan anything. However, as they get to know each other again, Claire has to decide whether she's ready to let Ryan back in after working so hard to move on. Will Ryan be able to convince Claire that he's changed and is ready for love, family and happiness, or will the unthinkable happen to make Claire send Ryan away?

Having just recently read the other books of this series, I couldn't wait to dive into this book, because I wanted to know so much more about Claire and why her relationship with Ryan went awry. What did he that tore them apart? And after reading this book, I've got to admit that this is the best book of the four in Ms. Brooks Men of Gold Mountain series, as Ryan does everything in his power to win back the woman he's always loved. Will Claire be able to forgive and start over since Ryan has clearly done all he could to overcome the things that drove Claire away?

As for the dialogue, it was intense due to the history between this couple, but it was also hard not to be affected by the emotions alongside the characters, as they cherish their second chance at forever after; find it within themselves to forgive the past; and earn redemption along the way. Well, Ryan does, as he realized how much he lost. Furthermore, the heroine was resilient, courageous and I liked how determined she was to take things slowly with Ryan, even though that plan didn't work out quite as well as she hoped. I also liked how good of a mother she was and that she was willing to give the hero a chance to get to know his daughter, even if they have an agreement about how much they want their daughter to know.

While the hero, he made so many mistakes when he was with Claire in the past, but he's managed to overcome so much since Claire left him, and I liked how well he's doing for himself in his professional life, considering all his rocker lifestyle once cost him. His relationship with Claire ending and his bandmates deserting him was hard, but I liked how hard he's worked to overcome his problems. I also liked how determined he was to prove to Claire that he's changed and that he would do anything to win her back, even if it meant sacrificing a career he's worked so hard for.

Overall, Ms. Brooks has penned another wonderful read for this series where the chemistry between this couple was intense; the romance fan-your-face hot because of Ryan's need for control; and the ending had me wondering whether this couple would achieve their happy ever after because of Claire's over-reaction to what she believes is Ryan being irresponsible again. Will she be able to forgive Ryan, considering what happened could have happened to anyone? However, in saying that, I loved how things worked out for this couple in the end, as Ryan will do anything to be with Claire and his daughter and I liked that Claire finally was able to be honest with her daughter about things she's been keeping from her. I would recommend Make Me Yours by Rebecca Brooks, if you enjoy second chance romances or books by authors Daire St Denis, Cathryn Fox, Samanthe Beck and Amy Andrews.



Claire Collins has always been good—except when it comes to bad boys. Or one bad boy in particular: a tattooed musician as skilled with her body as he is with his guitar. But he wasn’t ready to be a father, so she left him to raise their daughter on her own. Only fate had other plans, and suddenly, Ryan is back in her life, disrupting everything. This time, though, she’s determined not to lose her heart…even if she still craves his touch.

Ryan Thomas never expects to see Claire again—especially not in a small mountain town in Washington on the last show of his comeback tour. But when the lights come on, there she is, more beautiful than ever. One incredible night with her won’t be enough… But he’ll have to prove he’s not the man he used to be, if he wants to keep her—and his family—for good.

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Tuesday, 17 October 2017

BLOG TOUR - REVIEW: STOLEN KISSES by ANNIE RAINS



Stolen Kisses 
Blushing Bay #2
By Annie Rains
Release Date: October 10th 2017
Loveswept
Contemporary Romance
  




In Stolen Kisses (Blushing Bay #2) by Annie Rains, Krista Nelson wants so badly to have Noah Sawyer see her as more than just his best friend. However, knowing how Noah feels about relationships, she knows it's not going to be simple. But as commitments to friends and helping a young boy bring them even closer together, will Noah realize how right Krista is for him before it's too late or will they each lose the one person that's always been there for them?

If you haven't read a book by Ms. Rains, you're missing out on some very entertaining reading, and this book encompassing the friends to lovers trope, was a wonderful addition to Ms. Rains Blushing Bay series about the Sawyer brothers finding their happy ever afters. The way this story started had me liking the heroine immediately, because of her reaction to what Noah has done for their weekly get together. Will Noah be able to earn Krista's forgiveness? However, it was from the moment where the hero and heroine finally begin to see that there's more between them than friendship where things get very interesting.

As for the dialogue, it was compelling and had me hooked because of what Noah has been through in his past that has left him determined to go through the rest of his life without giving forever after a chance. Has he been using his past as an excuse to keep his distance from Krista for fear of losing her if their relationship goes further than friends? Furthermore, the heroine is resilient, courageous and I liked how good she is at her job as a paediatric nurse, which is proven by how she deals with her patients and everything her job entails. I also liked the close friendships Krista and Noah share with the secondary characters, which is evident by how they give each other advice and help each other. Certainly, the moment where Noah and Krista go shopping was amusing.

Overall, Ms. Rains has delivered another wonderful and captivating read in this book where the chemistry between this couple was delightful and had me cheering for their happy ever after; and the ending had me absolutely riveted by Noah's determination to win back Krista after things go sour between them, especially since she has important news. However, it was the epilogue that wrapped this story up nicely because of how happy Noah and Krista are and the special event that has them so happy. I would recommend Stolen Kisses by Annie Rains, if you enjoy the friends to lovers trope or books by authors Roxanne St. Claire, Melanie Shawn, Rachel Lacey and Melissa Foster.



Krista Nelson loves being a pediatric nurse. What she doesn’t love is her demanding boss and stressful workload. Fortunately, Krista knows she can count on a waterfront happy hour every Wednesday with her childhood best friend, Noah Sawyer, the one part of her life she never wants to change. But, like it or not, things are changing – because Krista can’t stop wondering what would happen if she grabbed Noah by the collar and kissed him like it was her job.

Bored of the superficial women he’s been dating, Noah’s putting his love life on hold so he can focus on his family’s high-end fishing business. Sure, there are moments when he’s tempted by Krista’s soft lips and killer smile – but her friendship is too important to Noah. How could he let himself jeopardize everything they share? The trouble is, if he doesn’t take the real risk of opening his heart, Noah might just let the perfect catch get away.










“I adore the author's voice, the compelling characters she creates that I want to spend time with, and the heartfelt moments as they fall helplessly in love” ~ Books and Spoons, Amazon Review.

“Stolen Kisses is a sweet romance that will sweep you away. I couldn’t get enough of Krista and Noah’s story. This has to be one of my favorite books that I have read to date!!” ~ Read with Me, Amazon Review.

“I get it. You have that biological clock thing ticking.”
This made Krista laugh even though she was half past frustrated. “Actually, yes. And, news flash, some men out there have the same thing.” 
Noah looked at her, and if she wasn’t mistaken, maybe he felt a pang of sadness, or regret, or . . . “Maybe one day,” he said on a nod. 
“One day what?”
“You know, maybe one day I’ll get married, too.”
This was the first time Krista had ever heard him talk of such. “No way.”
He shrugged. “I don’t know. It might be nice.”
“I can’t believe my ears right now.”
He looked at her again, his gaze sticking. Was she imagining the heat between them? Was it just her? His gaze dropped to her chest and her head went dizzy with desire and anticipation and . . . “You still wear that silly fishing hook I gave you when we were seven.” He reached out and lifted the charm off her chest, his hand achingly close to her racing heart. 
“It’s one of my favorite things,” she said, mouth parched. The space between them was hot as a sauna. 
“I caught my first Bass with this hook. That’s why it’s lucky.”
“And why you gave it to me before my surgery. It’s always brought me luck.”
His gaze lifted. “Good luck, I hope.”
“What?” Her head was spinning. 
“Good luck and not bad.”
“Oh, right. Yes. I wouldn’t wear it if it brought bad luck.” A small laugh escaped her lips.
Get up, Krista. . . Kiss him, Krista . . . No, she’d kissed him first last time. She wasn’t doing that again. No way, no how . . .
His hand placed the charm back against her chest. He didn’t pull it away, though. Instead, he leaned in closer to her. Without thinking, Krista swallowed and rolled her lips inward to wet them. She was preparing for a kiss that couldn’t possibly happen.
There was no way. They were best friends, that’s all.
Then he reached up, pushed that unruly lock of hair behind her ear, and cupped the back of her neck, offering a gentle tug in his direction. Her body didn’t resist. Their gazes locked, a silent agreement that their lips were going to meet. “Noah,” she said, unsure if any other words would follow. A protest. A confession.
“I’m going to kiss you now, if that’s okay with you.”
She swallowed again, unable to think fast enough. She nodded. “Yes.”
Before she could take a breath, his lips brushed against hers and his hand ran down to her shoulder, holding her in place, grounding her to the moment. She parted her lips for him, allowing him to go deeper . . . because it felt right. This felt right. 
And wrong on so many levels. 






USA Today Bestselling Author, Annie Rains, is a contemporary romance author who writes small town love stories set in fictional towns on the coast of North Carolina. Raised in one of America’s largest military communities, Annie often features heroes who fight for their countries, while also fighting for a place to call home and a good woman to love. When Annie isn’t writing, she’s spending time with her husband and 3 children, or reading a book by one of her favorite authors.