Flirting with Forever by Cara Bastone

5 STARS

Release Date: January 26, 2021

SYNOPSIS: Sometimes you get a second chance at a first impression.
Mary Trace is bright, bubbly and back in the dating pool in her midthirties. All of her closest friends are in love, and she refuses to miss out on romance. So when a regular customer at her trendy Brooklyn boutique wants to set Mary up on a blind date with her son, she gives a hesitant yes. John Modesto-Whitford is gorgeous and well-groomed, so maybe dinner won’t be a total bust—until he drops a less-than-flattering comment about Mary’s age. Desperate to be nothing like his snake of a politician father, public defender John Modesto-Whitford prides himself on his honesty and candor. But his social awkwardness and lack of filter just blew it with the most beautiful woman he’s ever dated. Luckily, Mom’s machinations keep Mary and John running into each other all summer long, and soon they resort to fake dating to get her to back off. When their pretense turns to real friendship—and some surprisingly hot chemistry—can these two stubborn individuals see past their rocky start to a rock-solid future together? 


Book 3 in the Forever Yours Series!


REVIEW

Did I binge this whole series? Yes, yes I did!
Did I enjoy them all? You bet!
Was this by far my most favorite one? DEFINITELY!

Okay, but seriously, this book was so wonderful and frustrating at the same time. Sometimes as a reader getting the perspective of both characters makes me want to dive into the pages and tell the characters to talk to each other already. Sometimes this ruins a book, but Cara Bastone did not have that problem. Both characters were endearing in very different ways, and I loved getting to know them and seeing them struggle with their feelings and insecurities. I mean the first impression –> HILARIOUSLY AWFUL. Poor, poor, clueless and socially awkward John. Luckily, there’s a depth there we get to see over the course of this book. Mary is the complete opposite, because she is a damn delight! If I can’t be her, I want her as a best friend. All of this and the characters from previous books made this one so much fun. It wasn’t like anything I’ve read in a long time. I’d definitely recommend it!

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Cara Bastone is a full time writer who lives and writes in Brooklyn with her husband, son, and an almost-goldendoodle. Her goal with her work is to find the swoon in ordinary love stories. She’s been a fan of the romance genre since she found a grocery bag filled with her grandmother’s old Harlequin Romances when she was in high school. She’s a fangirl for pretzel sticks, long walks through Prospect Park, and love stories featuring men who aren’t crippled by their own masculinity.
 


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Cowboy to the Core by Maisey Yates

4 STARS

Release Date: June 18, 2019

Publisher: Harlequin

SYNOPSIS

Gold Valley’s wildest cowboy has finally met his match…

Jamie Dodge is confident she knows everything there is to know about cowboys. She grew up surrounded by them, after all. But somehow her new boss, champion saddle bronc rider Gabe Dalton’s brand of cowboy charm has her interested in all kinds of things she never has been before.

There are a million reasons Gabe should ignore his attraction to Jamie. He needs her horse-training skills on his family’s ranch…and the Dodge brothers would happily hurt him for touching her. Forget kissing her. He’d be a dead man. But Jamie’s tough-talking attitude masks an innocence that tempts him past the breaking point…and soothes the restlessness that’s dogged Gabe his whole life. Has this cowboy finally found a place he wants to call home?

REVIEW

 What I love about Maisey Yates books, is I know what I’m getting myself into, specifically sexy and multilayered cowboys!! I’m also here for the female leads that read as tomboys.I love that Jamie has that type of personality, and I love her independent nature. Although at times, it also makes me frustrated with her. I’d say one of the nice things about this book is that its an easy read, but can still stir up some emotions in the reader! If you love Maisey Yates, this book is for you!

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Sisters of Summer’s End by Lori Foster

4 STARS

Release Date: June 11, 2019

Publisher: Harlequin Romance

SYNOPSIS

As the summer ends, friendship begins…When single mom Joy Lee abandoned her old life to take a job at a lakeside resort, she found something that her family’s wealth and influence could never buy: peace of mind. Not easy to come by for the once-burned divorce who keeps everyone at a distance. But when her new friend, Maris, dares her to take a chance with the drive-in’s charismatic new owner, everything changes for Joy and her young son.A difficult childhood has left Maris Kennedy with definite priorities. Her job running Summer’s End, the camp store and cafe, comes first. Always. Nothing could ever make her risk that hard-won security–especially not her free-spirited colleague. But the more she encourages Joy to open herself up to new experiences, the more Maris begins to wonder what she, too, might be missing.Learning how to trust will bring Joy and Maris together. And soon they form a friendship that leaves them as close as sisters–and open to love where they least expect it…in Summer’s End.

REVIEW

Lori Foster has given us a sweet, lighthearted two-for-one romance. As we see both Joy and Maris find romance, we also get to see them build a friendship. I think this budding female friendship adds so much to the book! Joy is a single mother that has a hard time trusting people, so even letting Maris in is a big step for her. I think it also makes it easier for her to explore the potential with Royce, even if they both say that it’s just sex. And Maris is a total hard ass, but for good reasons. Seeing her and Daron come closer is such a treat. This book is a wonderful journey of building bonds and letting people in.

Thank you so much to Harlequin for the free ARC in exchange for an honest review!

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Snowed in with the Single Dad by Melinda Curtis

4.5 STARS!

Release Date: June 1, 2019

SYNOPSIS: Never trust a MonroeEspecially if she steals your heart!

To mayor and single dad Mitch Kincaid, Second Chance, Idaho, is something of a time capsule, and he wants to keep it that way. His problem? Gorgeous pregnant redhead Laurel Monroe, who, along with her family, now owns the town. But sometimes all it takes is an unexpected opportunity—and a snowstorm—to turn Mitch’s bad first impressions into a second chance at love!

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REVIEW

I love the small town romance! Seriously, the small town dynamics are so heartwarming. The characters are messy, and so easy to love. Laurel is in a wild predicament, but she’s so endearing. Mitch has a past that is impacting his views on the Monroes, especially Laurel. I seriously couldn’t put this book down once I got into it! I think my favorites are Odette and Flip, the older sisters which gruff personalities. I’m hoping they make more appearances throughout the series. I’ll definitely be keeping up with The Mountain Monroes!

Thank you to Harlequin Heartwarming and NetGalley for the eARC in exchange for an honest review!

Falling for the Cowboy Dad by Patricia Johns

3.5 Stars!

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Release Date: March 1, 2019

Publisher: Harlequin Heartwarming

Synopsis:

He’s always been the one…

She’s always been just a friend! 

Grace Beverly spent years hopelessly in love with her best friend, Billy Austin. Now he’s back in Eagle’s Rest, Colorado, determined to provide the best life possible for his four-year-old daughter. He’s just not sure how. Helping Billy navigate the world of parenting is a one-way ticket back to heartache. Yet how can Grace say no to her oldest friend?

Review:

This is a good book if you like an easy romance read with a friends to lovers romance–the unseen best friend, and the caring man who has his own insecurities. There’s tension woven throughout the whole story, and everything is up in the air until the very end. The juxtaposition of Poppy and Billy really pulls at the heart strings, and Poppy has the cutest personality ever. And then there’s Grace who has found her confidence and is so caring. This is a character driven plot and all of the characters pulled me into the story. The ending was a little abrupt for me, but I’m still a sucker for a HEA.

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***Thank you so much to Harlequin and NetGalley for the chance to read this early by giving me an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review!***