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Book Review: A Complete Game by Aven Ellis (Washington DC Soaring Eagles #3)

 

Addison loves all animals, but is enamored with ferrets. She also adores reading Regency romances, but as for her own romance, she’s stepping back to wait for the perfect man who will love every part of her. 

Brady pitches for the Soaring Eagles. His twin brother Brody is the star catcher, and Brady always feels like he’s second rate compared to him. His last relationship was full of drama and a girl who didn’t accept every part of him. 

When the two reconnect over a photo shoot involving baseball players and animals, the chemistry is instant. They are both struggling with accepting some truths about themselves. Addison has always wanted to work with animals but her family looks down on almost all of her life’s choices, so she has settled for something she thought would make them accept her. Brady’s concentration on his game is suffering because he feels such animosity at being on the same team as his brother. As Addison and Brady’s feelings for each other develop and they learn more about each other, it’s obvious they belong together, but when the time comes or them to face these truths, will their relationship survive or will they strike out? 

I enjoyed this book so much. Brady and Addison are both fun, sweet, and wonderful. I’m not a huge baseball fan so all of that was a little lost on me, but I LOVE the DC scene of this series. Their date at the Library of Congress was magical! Everything is so detailed and well thought out to the point I feel like I’m actually there! If you love romance or are a baseball fan definitely give this a read.

Thank you to the author for a copy of this book!

 

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Book Review: The Secrets of Love Story Bridge by Phaedra Patrick- 4 Stars {BLOG TOUR!}

After the death of the love of his life Anita, Mitchell spends his days at his job doing the menial work of cutting padlocks from bridges. Lovers come from all over to place their lock on the bridge and he snips them off one by one, day after day.

When Mitchell saves a woman who falls into the water after she hung her lock, he regrets not getting her name.  But when his daughter Poppy’s music teacher Liza sees the article of Mitchell and the woman he rescued, she thinks it’s her sister who apparently disappeared over a year ago. Being that Mitchell was the last to have contact with her, Liza thinks he can help track her down using the lock she left behind. Mitchell vows to her mom and sisters he will help find her since he felt a connection to her after rescuing her. 

Not long after the rescue, he’s hailed as a hero, and garners lots of unwarranted attention. Thanks to a journalist, people from all over the city write in letters for a contest, handwritten letters thanking Mitchell for his selfless act, letters of unrequited love and regrets, or emotional love stories. Mitchell himself writes a lot of love letters to Anita even though she’s gone, and he still has the last letter she wrote to him before she passed away, still sealed and unread. 

While Mitchell tries to find the mystery woman, he finds himself thinking more and more about love and his regrets. With Liza and Poppy’s help he reads through the letters people have sent in and begins to open himself up to new beginnings.

Part love story, part mystery, this is a quick read with an uplifting and charming story line.

Thank you to the author and Park Row Books for my copy and letting me be a part of this blog tour!

 

 

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Book Review: American Royals by Katharine McGee- 5 Stars

 

Imagine if George Washington hadn’t become president but rather a king? This royal twist on American history was a juicy, drama filled contemporary romance and I LOVED IT.

Beatrice has America on her shoulders as she’s next in line to become their first Queen. Thanks to her grandfather for breaking tradition and declaring the Crown will go to the oldest child no matter their gender, Beatrice has been preparing for this most of her life.  She’s always played the part of a regal, sophisticated lady who always follows the rules and sticks to tradition, but when the future seems so close, will she listen to her heart or the Crown? Her parents are putting the pressure on her to find a suitable husband, even going so far as to making her a list to choose from, but she quickly realizes the one she loves isn’t on that list.

This was a great start to a series- it’s fun, juicy, and royally romantic- I’m definitely looking forward to the sequel in 2020! If you enjoy reading YA or books regarding royals, give this one a go!

Thank you to Netgalley for an advance copy of this book.

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Free Book Alert! Sugar and Ice by Aven Ellis

Josephine Rossi has recovered from a broken heart, but has vowed that she’s all about the desserts now as a recipe tester for Bake It! Magazine. Cheesecake never breaks your heart. Unless it cracks on the top, but still, it tastes amazing if you bake it just right. She knows what to do in the kitchen as far as making luscious desserts. Men? Apparently she’s not so good at figuring them out, so she refuses to bother. Josephine knows it is safer to stay in the kitchen than to take another chance with her heart.

Denver Mountain Lions forward Cade Callahan is passionate about hockey, but is also about finding love. He thought he had it once, but a disastrous romance last holiday season has him keeping his heart in check. While he’s fearless on the ice, he’s guarded with his heart. Cade is determined history won’t repeat itself again. He won’t let his guard down until he’s certain he’s met The One.

However, Cupid’s arrow might just strike when these two least expect it. When an oven goes out, and a cheesecake for testing has to be baked, and Cade just happens to live in the same building with a working oven…Well, things other than cheesecake might just heat up in the kitchen. Can these two passionate people learn to trust their hearts again? Can love override fear for Josephine and Cade? And will they find the combination of sugar and ice is the sweetest one of all? 

One of my favorite authors, Aven Ellis, has a free book on Amazon today! Sugar and Ice, book one of the Rinkside in the Rockies series, is a hockey romance that is oh-so-sweet and will be the perfect book for Valentine’s Day reading!

This couple will steam up both the kitchen and the ice rink! I love JoJo and Cade, and I think you will too if you enjoy fun, contemporary romances!

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Book Review: Swing and a Miss (Washington DC Soaring Eagles #2) by Aven Ellis- 5 Stars

Welcome back to DC, the home of the Soaring Eagles baseball team! Katie is still reeling over the night she fainted on her crush, baseball player AJ Williamson after getting the chance to meet him thanks to the fact her best friend Hayley dates his teammate, Brody.

Katie’s always loved baseball. She’s had a crush on AJ the baseball player forever, but when she gets the chance to really know the real him, she begins to fall for Andrew Joseph, who is more than a baseball star-he’s a lover of Fraiser, old movies, and amusement parks.

All of the interactions between the two of them just seemed so real and genuine. I loved how AJ stopped in to the coffee shop where Katie works after his game and they spent ours talking, and sharing coffee and pastries, and when they spent the day riding roller coasters together!

Of course, with new relationships come doubts that can threaten to tear a couple apart. Katie will be starting law school soon and knows it will take up all of her time. AJ is a celebrity, and he’s never felt settled in his life thanks to his parents moving him around constantly. Will Katie’s past celebrity crush cause AJ to have doubts that he isn’t good enough and that she just wants to be with him for the baseball part of him? Will he be okay with the fact that Katie’s schoolwork leaves little time for love and fun?

This is such a sweet romance! Even if you don’t like baseball you will still appreciate the relationship and fun moments between Katie and AJ!

I received a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review!

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Book Review: A Royal Shade of Blue (Modern Royals #1) by Aven Ellis-5 Stars

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I love the royals and I am obsessed with everything Aven Ellis writes so I was ecstatic when this landed in my inbox! Life has been crazy but I’m finally getting around to reviewing! It’s out now so make sure to get your copy!

Clementine Jones loves antiques and their history. When a mysterious British guy named CP sends her an Instagram DM Clementine doesn’t expect to be able to talk to him so easily, especially not knowing what he looks like. She’s able to reveal her biggest secret and turn to him for encouragement during a frightening time in her life, and she begins falling for him. But when CP finally shows her what he looks like, she can’t believe she’s been catfished by someone pretending to be a prince!

Clem and Prince Christian, or CP, dive headfirst into a relationship but of course they each have their baggage. Christian detests the traditional monarchy and the way his mother acts, as if being royal is everything. Her status means more to her than her family and Christian desperately wants to stay out of that rigidity. Clem’s family is very protective and overbearing due to a childhood incident and because of that, she feels trapped a lot of times and just wants to live her life on her terms.

I loved all of Christian’s family, except of course, his mother. Jillian, Clem’s flatmate, was also a favorite and I would LOVE for her to get her own story!

I absolutely adored this story. Aven has a way with words in all of her novels, but I could truly feel myself there with Christian and Clementine while traipsing around Oxford or lounging about with their dogs. Aven really does her research and I loved all the historical elements sprinkled about, including just the day to day life of a royal!

This was such a fresh, modern take on a royal love story! You will laugh, you will cry, and you will probably have an urge to watch Shrek after reading it! 😉 It’s light-hearted, warm, and funny and the romance is oh-so-sweet and sexy! I highly recommend!

 

*Book provided by the author in exchange for a review, THANK YOU!*

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Book Review: Breakout by Stephanie Kay-4 Stars

Breakout is a sweet but steamy hockey romance!

Penny met Ethan in Italy after she dumped her fiance for screwing around with other girls. They divulge very little about their personal lives to each other but spend their days touring the country and exploring each other…

Imagine Penny’s surprise when she runs in to Ethan at a bar in her hometown. He’s confused as to why she ran out without a goodbye in Italy after all the chemistry they had between them, but Penny doesn’t want to have anything to do with him as her trust in men has been broken. Ethan tries to prove to her what they had in Italy can be more than just a fling, but can Penny find it in her heart to open up and let him in?

I really enjoyed the developing romance and obstacles we see Penny and Ethan overcome as they’ve both been hurt in relationships before. This was a quick but fun and sexy read! This is my first book by the author and I can’t wait to read more from her.

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Book Review: Squeeze Play (Washington DC Soaring Eagles #1) by Aven Ellis-5 Stars

Aven is back with a new book and a new sport! Squeeze Play is a baseball romance set in Washington DC.

Hayley has just gotten her dream job working for a dyslexia focused non-profit in DC. She has no time for romance, especially boys her age-they are too immature and unfocused.

Brody is the catcher for the Washington Soaring Eagles. All his life he’s been compared to his twin Brady and led to believe all he is is a dumb jock.

After a super embarrassing yet hilarious encounter at a coffee shop Brody and Hayley start hanging out and talking about everything under the sun-from kitschy appliances to favorite cereal combos! As they start to grow closer, their own insecurities threaten to pull them apart. Will Hayley and Brody be able to continue their love story under the cherry blossoms or will their fears cause them to strike out in love?

Even if you don’t like baseball, don’t understand it, or you’re just in it for the baseball butts, Squeeze Play is a home-run for everyone because it’s hilarious, the friendships and relationships are realistic, and the romance is sweet yet passionate. This book will make you laugh, cry, and melt your heart!

*I was gifted an ARC from the author.*

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Book Review: Maybe Not by Colleen Hoover-5 Stars

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Maybe Not tells the story of Warren and Bridgette from Maybe Someday. I loved reading how their attraction happened and how they ended up falling in love. In Maybe Someday, Bridgette is terribly mean, and while I’m not excusing her behavior, in Maybe Not readers find out more about her crappy life and what she’s been dealt that makes her bitter and try to shut people out. I absolutely loved the chemistry between Bridgette and Warren! Warren is hilarious and a romantic. Even though this is just a novella character spin-off, I enjoyed it more than the full-length novel!

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Book Review: Confess by Colleen Hoover-5 Stars

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Confess tells the story of Auburn and Owen. Auburn fell in love at 15 only to have her boyfriend pass away. She’s guarded her heart ever since, and she has a big secret…

Owen is a painter. At his studio, people can leave anonymous confessions in a slot that he uses to create painting. There’s actually artwork included throughout the book. Owen also has a secret.

So, I don’t want to share the secrets as to not spoil anything, but this is the typical, emotional roller coaster you associate with Colleen Hoover!! This book is sexy, dark scary, heart-breaking, and beautiful. It deals with pain, what it means to be family, and how to love. The way the ending ties Owen and Auburn together is simply wonderful!