Genre: Small Town Romance

Mixed Up by Emma Hart

Posted May 30, 2017 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Mixed Up by Emma Hart

I love all things Emma Hart, and this book is really just a totally fun and enjoyable journey. I felt like this book is really just all about a good time. Normally when I read a book where it involves the best friends little sister it always seems to have more than a little bit of angst or at the very least a couple of tears to be shed, but this book is way more about the laughs and some serious tension. Raven and Parker have basically grown up together and for whatever reason have just never gotten along. There’s not traumatic event in their past that made them hate each other, they just never really meshed. And apparently it has resulted in years and years of snarky comments and constantly being separated by their families. Of course when the book starts these two haven’t seen each other in years, and Raven is in a tough spot with her bar, she wants a chef so her bar isn’t just about drinks but she can’t seem to find anyone qualified enough to make her plan work. Her basic nightmare scenario of having to get the world renowned chef slash personal nemesis Parker to step in and help her out is quickly becoming her reality. These two are super fun to read. They are both really sarcastic and love to push each other’s buttons, and while it starts out as kind of a openly hostile dynamic, the sexual tension starts to amp […]

Once Bitten by Heather McCorkle

Posted April 24, 2017 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Once Bitten by Heather McCorkle

Once upon a time, I pretty much exclusively read urban fantasy and paranormal romance, it was the genre that got me back into my love of reading. I still dabble from time to time, but mostly I read a lot of romance these days. But I have always had a soft spot in my heart but UF and PNR, especially when it comes to werewolves, or really any kind of shifter book. This book was an easy pick up for me, because not only was it a shifter book, but it was already really rooted in Norse mythology, which has recently become a bit of a fascination for me. Once of the things that tends to make UF and PNR not always work for me is world building. Let’s face it explaining the rules to how a society works and all the history that goes along with that can be confusing to a reader if not done well, or worse can come off as super boring. Heather didn’t hesitate to jump right in with this book, we have Sonya getting bitten within the first couple of pages of the book, and it was definitely not a good experience for her. I liked how we jump right in, and how we really got the opportunity to learn about the world at the same time as Sonya did, her questions were my questions, and just in general I felt like the world was explained really well. I will say that at the […]

Catching Carly by Emma Hart

Posted March 8, 2017 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Catching Carly by Emma Hart

As always, Emma Hart makes me laugh out loud, and sometimes inappropriately. I really liked Brooke’s book, mostly because I love the whole friends to lovers thing, but also because Brooke and Carly have an awesome dynamic and quirky yet perfect senses of humor. So it was easy to really want to get to know Carly on a more personal level. Carly and Zeke are both introduced in Brooke’s book, and they both are awesome characters in that book because they have a great kind of antagonistic yet laced with tons of chemistry dynamic. The great part about this book is that they already had a drunken hook up, so by the time we meet up with Carly and Zeke again they already know they can set the sheets on fire, so the angst in this book is big time. Carly is super funny, she has that great sense of humor. But honestly, what I loved about Carly (and Emma for including this), is that she is a little left out. Her two best friends have gotten together, and like most people in the beginnings of a new relationship, they neglect their other relationships, and Carly is really feeling that right now. I felt for her, and it made it super relatable too, I mean who hasn’t had a friend disappear down the rabbit hole of a new relationship. She’s also really looking for a connection, and her online dating is hilarious (I mean seriously I’ve never been more happy […]

Close to Home by Lily Everett

Posted February 13, 2017 by Kate in Review, Skip It / 0 Comments
Close to Home by Lily Everett

I don’t know about you guys but I love books about a guy in uniform, and I was really drawn to the blurb on this book. I liked that this guy was coming off of a long term undercover assignment only to find out that his wife had left him while he was gone. Yes it sucks, but I liked that the whole book was going to be about him trying to fix his marriage, what can I say, I like people who work for it. So when the book starts I was pretty for a chapter or two. I liked Johnny, or rather I kind of liked where his story started. His assignment has just ended, it seems like it went really well and he’s getting all these accolades at his job for doing a great job on this long term undercover work. It’s clear he wants to get home to see his wife, and then of course the shoe drops. She left him a dear John letter, with divorce papers. I don’t know about you guys, but to me it made me kind of hate her right off the bat. I mean I’m sure it’s hard to live away from your husband for such a long time, I’m an army wife so I’ve been there, but to just leave him, move out your home, not leave a forwarding address, and basically just take off seems all kind of messed up. Of course Johnny goes to track her down […]

Casanova by Emma Hart

Posted January 30, 2017 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Casanova by Emma Hart

Without a doubt I adore Emma Hart, I don’t think that will ever change. She has a great writing style that is just so easy to fall into. I was looking forward to this book because I love books where the main characters are antagonistic towards each other. What can I say, I’m a girl who likes her books with a bit of drama. Plus Emma has such a great history of laugh out loud moments within her books. Going into the novel, I knew that Lani hated Brett. I knew there was some sort of history behind their relationship, that ended in her hating him, leaving home, and never looking back. I was really looking forward to finding out what the catalyst was for his extreme displeasure towards Brett. For me honestly, I wasn’t impressed with the reason. It’s been eight years, they were kids, she overheard something, and basically hit the ground running. I don’t think it was grounds to leave everything behind and never talk to him again. I don’t think it was grounds for her to act the way she does towards him when she finally sees him. That being said, I did like Lani, she seems like a pretty cool chick. She’s made a good career for herself, she’s a great writer, she has a lot of integrity as a person, so outside of the reasoning for her feelings for Brett I did actually really like her personality. I didn’t love Brett. Wait, no I […]

Devil’s Mark by Megan Crane

Posted January 3, 2017 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Devil’s Mark by Megan Crane

A few years ago I went through a massive pile of books about MC’s, I loved them, could not get enough, and then I burnt myself out. I’ve started reading them again, and thankfully I am remembering why I loved them in the first place. Plus I really liked the heroine in this book is basically like the town princess, so the idea of her hooking up with the town bad boy is kind of hot. When we first meet Killian, or “Uptown,” as he is known to the club, he has a big chip on his shoulder. He definitely didn’t grow up easy, and he is finally at the point where he can bring down the hurt on the town mayor. As it turns out Killian and the mayor have a past, the mayor used to provide Killian’s mom with drugs and hook up with her. Totally understandable why he would hate the mayor. So when the mayor’s daughter Holly walks into the club bar looking for a job, Killian sees this as the perfect opportunity to get back at the mayor and maybe even get Holly into his bed. I really liked Holly, she had a lot more backbone then I was expecting out of her. She grew up a princess, always following the rules, doing exactly what he dad wanted her to, basically little miss perfect. And now that it’s come out that her father isn’t the guy she thought he was she is feeling kind of […]

Could’ve Said Yes by Tracy March

Posted December 13, 2016 by Kate in Blog Tour, Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Could’ve Said Yes by Tracy March

I can honestly say I don’t think I have read a book where someone works for the EPA, sure there have been the occasional book where one of the characters is really big on the environment, but never someone who worked for the EPA. So because of that reason I was pretty interested in reading this book. I actually really loved the environmental aspect of the book, it really worked for me. Ellie is back in town after a disastrous break up with her ex, she’s finally doing what she really wants to do now that she is on her own. She opened her own art gallery and does some side photography work for the newspaper, all in all her life is going pretty good. She also has some really good relationships with her brothers, who I really liked. So when the new guy shows up in town, it definitely opens her to the possibility of a relationship, something I don’t think she was expecting. I really liked the way the author was able to describe Ellie’s photography and art, sometimes its hard to visualize in my head what exactly an author is talking about when it comes to art, but this was really easy for me to see, and I loved it. I also really loved the dynamics between Ellie and the town, it’s a small town so everyone knows everyone, and they all really seemed like good people. Now as for our hero, Collin I really liked him. […]

Home Tears by Tijan

Posted December 5, 2016 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Home Tears by Tijan

I keep hearing about this author and yet I haven’t picked up one of their books yet, so when I saw this book was available on Kindle Unlimited I decided now was as good of a time as any to check out the author. I have to say I am pretty pleased with the book, and I can easily see why so many other people are talking about this authors work. I looks book where the main character is coming home, and honestly I read this book at just the right time, I was on at home after almost six years away, so this kind of hit just the right spot for me. I also really liked how much family was a component of the book, Dani is coming home to heal from some pretty traumatic experiences, which also means having to deal with all the family and drama that she left behind all those years ago. There is a lot to unpack when it comes to the issues in Dani’s family. I mean she has the death of her sister, her ailing aunt, her sister who pretty much seems to hate her, and then there are all of the family secrets that Dani starts to uncover. Oh and did I mention that Dani’s ex, who also happens to be her childhood best friend and first of everything, is also the same guy who left her for her sister and has now moved on to yet another sister. I mean […]

The Detective by Vanessa Waltz

Posted November 27, 2016 by Kate in Just Okay, Kindle Unlimited, Review / 0 Comments
The Detective by Vanessa Waltz

I’ve been really into cop books lately, like super into them. I don’t know something about a guy in uniform has seriously been working for me. So obviously with a title like, The Detective, I of course was going to pick up a copy of this book. So when the book starts off you are thrown right in the middle of everything, you’ve got cop Heath tangled up in the sheets with his mark, Jasmine, or is her name Jade. As it turns out Heath is assigned to find Jade and bring her back home, because wouldn’t you know, she’s a missing person. He wants to know why she left home and she isn’t talking, but he’s beyond determined to get to the bottom of it. Jasmine and Heath have this kind of push and pull relationship. Sometimes it worked for me and sometimes it didn’t. Jasmine has her secrets and I get that, and honestly I’m more on her side during this. But for Heath man oh man can this guy be pushy. I get that he has a job to do, but he is doing this job to get back and the guy Jasmine left behind. He’s so pushy to the point that I almost don’t like him. I mean he shows up everywhere. Joins the committees that she is on, eats where she works, etc. And then just when I think I’ve had enough the ex rolls into town and my opinion of Heath gets way better. […]

Hard Compromise by Samanthe Beck

Posted November 21, 2016 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Hard Compromise by Samanthe Beck

Small town sheriffs, ah, just something about those three words really work for me lately. I liked a good hot cop scenario, and oh boy did this book start off with a hot cop scenario. There were a lot more elements to this book other than the fact that the hero was a cop though, I actually felt like there was a decent of angst for lack of a better word. Both characters really wanted their lives to go a certain way and worked as hard as they could to get there, but the anxiousness of whether or not they would get what they wanted was heavy in the foreground. So Laurie and our hot cop Ethan have a past. Laurie is from the bad side of town with a mom who, well, let’s just say all cops in town know who her mom is. And then we have Ethan who is from the good side of town and comes from money, and works as a sheriff because he wants to do good things for his community. They meet when Laurie is a minor and he is busting her for underage drinking. She makes a pass at him, he tells her come back in 10 years and things might end differently. So 10 years later, Ethan is on a mission, and that mission is Laurie. The thing about Laurie is that she is really driven by this need to not be her mother, to be an upstanding citizen within the […]