venerdì 16 aprile 2021

Sweet Pastries And Sourdough, Little Duck Pond Cafe by Rosie Green




Release Date: 03.05.2021



Synopsis:

Ellie's brand new enterprise, the True Loaf Bakery, is finally open and classes are due to start. But when Katja's ski-ing holiday ends in disaster, a new teacher must be found very quickly. Anita is up for the challenge, but - fresh from a break-up and an operation that's left her feeling physically and emotionally vulnerable - the last thing she's looking for when she moves to Sunnybrook is a new relationship. So it's Sod's law that she should find herself with not one but two guys vying for her attention. Sven, from Denmark, is a bit of an enigma - but maybe passion lurks beneath his cool reserve? And as for twenty-five-year-old football coach Ross - surely she'd be asking for trouble getting involved with a gorgeous man a decade her junior? (Although her football-mad son Rufus seems to love him.)
Moving in with Bertha proves a real comfort - but can Anita get to the bottom of what's troubling the older woman?
Anita's job at the True Loaf Bakery is only temporary, but she finds herself drawn ever deeper into life in the village - especially when she finds a child's bracelet from long ago, in the rubble of the newly-renovated building. Solving the mystery of who it belongs to takes Anita on a journey of discovery - a journey that might just help her discover what her own heart really needs...



Review:
 



The more I read the books in this series the more I love this author's writing. 

Anita, and her son, temporarily moved to Sunnybrook because she has to substitute bread and bakery teacher at the True Loaf Bakery. This job couldn't come at a better time because she has to get away from her cheating husband and she needs a distraction from her healthy troubles. She is not looking for a new man in her life but she catches the attention of two fine men. Will it be the right time to start a new relationship?

I liked how this story tells Anita's journey, with her troubles, love interests and fears for the future.
Anita is lovely, I felt so many of her emotions, she is a relatable character and I cheered for her to get her happy ending since the beginning. I didn't appreciate too much how she tries to forget her troubles buring her head in the sand but I still can understand her shock hearing the news.

I didn't have read all the books in the Little Duck Pond Cafe series but I have had a very good time reading those that I have and I highly recommend these novels.

giovedì 15 aprile 2021

For The Love of Easton by A.M. Hargrove

 


Release Date: 04.15.2021



Synopsis:

What could be more humiliating than your father telling an almost perfect stranger that you’re single?
I’ll tell you what—proposing MARRIAGE to him!
That’s exactly what my father did.
He basically tried to barter me off like a horse.
Admittedly, said single dude was a veritable smoke show.
Besides being exceptionally panty-melting, he was also a complete jackass.
Until the douche of my baby daddy showed up—and not for a friendly visit—insisting on gaining custody of our daughter.
Said panty-melting jackass rode in on his white stallion, rescuing me from the clutches of the aforementioned douche .
I never imagined Panty-Melter would turn out to be my knight in shining armor.
Maybe Dad’s idea wasn’t so crazy after all.
And this was how I found myself considering that insane proposal.


Review:


I was so excited to read this book because it is a kind of follow up, but it could be also read as a standalone, of For The Love Of English, the first book I’ve ever read written by A. M. Hargrove, the story that made me discover her writing and that made me her fan. 


English Bridges is a graphic designer, she works at her father’s studio. She is also a single mother of a cute six years old girl, Easton. Tristian Baines is a photographer who just got the job of his life, he’ll work next to the best natural photographer Beck Bridges. 

When English and Tristian meet for the first time at the studio they instantly take a dislike for one another, thinking the worst of each other, but when the dire circumstamcies require it they are willing to put their animosity aside in order to help each other and to protect the little Easton.


I've enjoyed to follow English and Tristian’s journey, I liked their bantering and their work ethic but I wanted to pull their ears when they awfully depicted each other as a brat and an arse without even knowing each other better. 


At times this story reminded me of Beck and Sharidan’s one but not too much because the villains in English and Tristian’s story are so bad they put the main characters into the most dangerous situations.


I loved to meet again some of the old characters and to know better this grown up version of English.


I highly recommend to get this novel if you like fake relationships trope, a sweet and inquisitive little girl and an hilarious wedding at Las Vegas.

martedì 13 aprile 2021

Bombshells by Sarina Bowen

 


Release Date: 04.13.2021




Synopsis:

The women's league is in the house! And Brooklyn will never be the same again for Anton Bayer and the team…

This is my last chance to ditch my playboy reputation and finally fulfill my potential. So I’ve made three rules for our biggest season yet: no boozing, no women, and no scandals.

Especially that last thing.

So who do I befriend on the very first day back at the rink? An amazing female hockey player. I want Sylvie in a way that’s more than just friendly. I crave her. But I have a championship to win, and so does she.

Then she gets her heart broken by my teammate, and I make the foolish mistake of comforting her in the best way I know how. Our night together sets off a string of sins.

Nobody can know about our affair, especially my overprotective teammate. I can’t let anyone see into my greedy little heart. Not even her.

The things I want from her, and the things we’ve already done? If anyone knew, there’d be bombshells.


Review:



I’ve read this book too quickly because it was amazing.

I loved to see a professional women hockey team take form, and even if the unequal treatment between the women league and the men league is appalling I’m so proud of these women who keep their dreams and still enjoy to play this sport.

Anton Bayer decided that this is his season to shine. He won’t do anything to jeopardize his career once again, he will stay away from alcohol, women and scandals, but he couldn’t imagine to be bewitched by a beautiful woman on skates on his first day back at work with the Bruisers. When Sylvie Hansen got a call from the Bombshells asking her to become the second goalie of the team, she thought that was fate and maybe her late mother had a hand in it too. So she transferred from Canada to Brooklyn to play hockey and to finally live near her first love who plays for the Brooklyn Bruisers, but Bryce is still focused on his career, he is closed off with his personal life and he gives her mixed signals. Sylvie feels deluded and confused but fortunately she meets some great people in the new city and she easily becomes Anton’s friend. Will Anton keep his focus on his game or will he act on his attraction for the only woman he should stay away? Will Sylvie get over her love for Bryce or will she make him change his mind?

I liked Anton and Sylvie, they are funny, their friendship is so easy and comfortable, and they take care of each other really well.

I appreciated how this story never felt like a love triangle because I can’t stand those.

I didn’t like Bryce and all his confusing actions too much, I really wished Sylvie slapped him sometimes.

Thank you Sarina Bowen for bringing back my Love Bridger and other well known characters from previous books.

What are you doing still here? Please go get this book as soon as possible.


Mr. Smithfield by Louise Bay

 


Release Date: 04.13.2021



Synopsis:

Wanted: American nanny for an adorable four-year old. Must be able to handle a moody, brooding, sexy British boss.
 
I'm a single father, a lawyer and some say the most serious man in London. I'm completely focused on raising my four-year-old daughter.

Since my wife walked out three years ago, the only woman who has ever caught my eye is the strictly off-limits sister-in-law of my best friend, Autumn Lumen.

But temptation is easy to resist because Autumn is only visiting London from Oregon.

Until she moves to London. The nanny quits. And she's the only woman for the job.


Review:



I loved this story so much, it is nice, sweet, hot and a very pleasure to read.

Gabriel is your typical serious lawyer, all work and zero fun, unless he is with his precious daughter. Autumn on the contrary is a ray of sunshine, all smiley and joyful.
Gabriel has a lot of reasons to stay away from his daughter’s nanny but will he be strong enough to resist to the attraction he feels every time he sees Autumn?

Autumn’s attitude to make lemonade when life gives her lemons makes her my favourite character, I was glad to see her relationship with Gabriel becoming deeper and stronger chapter after chapter.
I adored that even if she is so much younger than him she isn’t naive or immature.

I recommend to read this book and I’m already looking forward to the next.


martedì 6 aprile 2021

A Gentleman's Promise by Penny Hampson

 



Release Date: 04.11.2021



Synopsis:

A docile wife is what he wants. A husband is the last thing she needs. Can a quest for a killer teach them that they are both wrong?

Emma Smythe and her brother arrive at Easterby Hall to discover that a handsome stranger has laid claim to their ancestral home and the family title. Have her relatives been murdered, and is her brother next? Determined to find the answers, she has no option but to trust the gentleman who insists that he will help. But danger appears in many guises, and for a woman intent on remaining single, her intriguing protector may prove the biggest threat of all.

The attempts on Richard Lacey’s life begin when he inherits a title and a rundown estate. A coincidence? He’s not so sure. Problems multiply with the unexpected arrival of Jamie and Emma Smythe. Long thought dead, they too are potential targets. Richard thinks he wants a docile, obedient wife, but will the task of keeping headstrong Emma safe from danger change his mind?

Embroiled in a sinister mystery, can Richard and Emma work together to catch a killer? And will this dangerous quest teach them that what they both wish to avoid is exactly what they need?

Review:



Richard Lacey has just found out to be the last heir of the late Viscount Easterby, inheriting the title, the mansion and even the family’s bad luck. After two accidents that almost killed him he is convinced that there is someone who is threatining the family’s heir life, because also the deaths of the Viscount’s sons wete mysterious, and he starts to investigate. Emma Smythe has travelled back to England disguised as a boy with her young brother  only to find out that her grandfather has died and his house is now inhabited by a far cousin. At first she doesn’t trust Richard, but soon she sees his good faith and his desire to help her family. Will they solve the mystery before it’s too late? Or the Smythe heirs are destined to disappear?


I liked Richard and Emma so much, they are different from each other, mild and meticulous the first and obstinate and feisty the latter, but at the same time perfect. Even if there aren’t too many displays of affection between them it isn’t difficult to see their feelings growing chapter after chapter.


I also liked the supporting characters and I hope to see more of them in the next books in the series.


I’ve enjoyed this story because the storyline is well thought, well written and gripping.


The characters’ journey kept me in suspense and I really wished they could be alive and happy in the end.