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All My Life by Prescott Lane

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A beautiful love story set in small-town America filled with layers of love. I devoured this story and then reread some of my favorite parts as soon as I finished it.

Devlyn has been there for Garrett for eighteen years. She’s been in love with him since she was five.  

Garrett sees Devlyn as DD. His friend from down the street.

A new girl comes into town and delivers his first crush. When she shows up pregnant on his doorstep, he becomes a seventeen-year-old dad in a small town where most shun him. His crush leaves him and his baby daughter before they’re released from the hospital. And at first, DD is his only friend.

Eighteen years later, she owns the biscuit shop across the street from his hardware store. She’s still his best friend, and she’s an important person in his daughter’s life.

During Mia’s valedictorian speech, she begs for someone to date her Dad. The video goes viral, and women pour forth. He agrees to three dates. But, something happens along the way. He opens his consciousness up to dating, something he closed off in his quest to be everything for Mia, and once he does, he SEES Devlyn. 

Here’s the thing.

I once had a crush on a friend. That shit was painful. I endured it for about a year. Devlyn endures it for over twenty years! Yes, she dates some during that time, but she knows when he dates and when he has hook-ups and my heart gushes for Devlyn. 

Garrett’s one saving grace is that when he finally sees what’s right before him, he REALLY sees her. And he sees what he’s done to her and he sets about trying to make it right.

Prescott Lane provides plentiful explanations for his lack of romantic life. But, given how much Mia wanted a Mom, it’s a little surprising to me that she never saw the potential between Garrett and Devlyn, or that she didn’t try at some point to push them together. But maybe if you are a kid and you grow up with things being one way, you never think about changing them.  

As I read this book, “See You Through My Eyes” by The Head and the Heart kept playing in the back of my mind. It’s a sweet love story with all the feels, no angsty drama, and strong characters. The whole book is as yummy as I imagine one of Devlyn’s buttered biscuits would be.

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Hold On To Hope by A.L. Jackson

Hold On To Hope Book ReviewEmotional, angst-filled best friend, second chance, single Dad romance.  Hold On To Hope features the now grown-up children from the Fight for Me series.

Evan, the son of Hope from Follow Me Back, and Frankie Leigh, the daughter of Rex from Show Me The Way are the stars in Hold On To Hope.

Evan is deaf and is a heart transplant survivor. He walked away from his family and from Frankie when his own version of guilt drove him away. Three years after abandoning his family he returns with a son in tow.

Frankie Leigh has stayed, working closely with Evan’s family, heart-broken but she’s attempted to move on with her life.

There is a lot going on in this book. For two kids with such awesome parents, they’ve got some heavy emotional baggage and a lot of issues unfold. The drama keeps the reader engaged, trying to figure out what happened and wanting to see what will happen.

I absolutely love the book cover for this book, but I have to say that that model looks way better than my mental visual of Evan’s heart transplant, limited life expectancy character. But, I’ll gladly take the book cover version. Even though he looks healthy enough to complete in an Iron Man Triathlon.

If you read the Fight for Me series, which I personally loved, this book will be like visiting old friends because you get to see Hope and Kale and Rynna and Rex once more. If you like AL Jackson and angst galore, then this is a strong recommend.

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Accidental Rebel by Nicole Snow

Accidental Rebel Book ReviewAccidental Rebel packs intrigue and action into a heart-warming love story. This is my first book from Nicole Snow and I will be reading more.

When Miller Rush and Gwendolyn meet, the attraction is instantaneous. Only, he’s on the run for his life. She doesn’t know his whole story, but she knows somethings not on the up and up. She falls for his two kids first and decides he must not be all bad. Her mother pushes the two together with a sly yet less than subtle hand.

The whole situation provides a great set-up and there are definitely on-the-edge of-your-seat moments and places you won’t be willing to put your book down. On the whole, it never gets too dark, too gory or too scary. I’d classify it as a light romantic suspense, although I notice because of Miller’s military background, and the inclusion of other military characters in the story, it’s categorized as a military romance.

Miller describes Gwen’s Mom as being “around fifty.” Now, I’m pushing fifty (not there yet, thank you) and I have to say, if my daughter came to me with two pre-loaded TEN year old grandchildren, there’d be a part of me that was like “Now wait a minute. I am not old enough to be the grandma of a TEN year old.” And May, her Mom, kind of sounds like my kind of woman.

In my mind, I like to think of May as being in her early to mid sixties. Just my personal preference. Maybe that’s because my daughter is TEN. But, to Snow’s credit, she never says May’s age. And it’s also possible she is the age I want her to be, and she just looks so damn good Miller underestimated her age. We’ll go with that.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it.

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Missing by Noelle Adams

Missing Book ReviewMissing by Noelle Adams Book Review and Recommendation

Sexy, balanced romance set in Washington D.C.   She’s in her late thirties and he’s in his late forties.   They don’t act like teenagers and I really kind of love it.

Nathan’s the son of a former two-term President and a powerhouse on the political scene.   Security follow him and his daughters.   One of his daughters has gone missing.

Lynn’s an editor of a political magazine she founded with her ex-husband.  She’s well respected.

After an unforgettable one night stand, they agree to see each other once every three months.   Then more frequently.

Their love grows slowly.   They treat each other with respect.  And kindness.   They’ve both learned from failed marriages and appreciate the good things in each other.    The story unfolds in third person.   The narrator does a good job of letting us see both sides of this indelible relationship.

I’d also like to add a little note about this book cover.   HOT.   Brings Nathan to life.    A quick glance at Noelle Adam’s author page shows she has a knack for picking out delicious male book cover models.   Thumbs up, Noelle.

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Stay by Tia Louise

Stay by Tia Louise Book Review and Recommendation

Stay Book ReviewSecond-chance, first crush, single Mom romance.   This one has all the feels with a heart-gripping battle with a child’s illness.   Not only did this one keep me turning the pages, but it kept me on edge. I grew to care about these characters.  It’s a sexy love story with a heavy dose of real mixed in.

Emmy loses her virginity to Stephen the night before he heads off to join the Navy.  He’s her brother’s classmate and she’s had a crush for years.  He has no idea she’s a virgin.  Before or after.

Ten years later, their paths cross again.  She’s a divorced single mom working at a dry cleaners.   He’s a billionaire after selling technology he developed.   Chemistry zings, but she’s still pissed he wished her a good life after banging her in a bathroom ten years ago.   This time around, he does ask her out on a date.

Her son needs an expensive surgery.  Stephen comes up with the idea of a fake marriage to get her son on his health insurance and get them both into safer housing.   The chemistry between these two zings. Hot.  Tia Louise keeps the reader engaged with this story that tugs at the heart and makes you fall in love with this newly formed family.

Make Me Yours Book Review and Recommendation

Make Me Yours Book ReviewMake Me Yours isn’t marketed as part of a series (that I’ve seen) but Stephen Hastings from Stay plays a role as Remington’s friend and business partner.   Make Me Yours is a heart warming single Dad romance.   It’s lighter than Stay, much more in the romantic comedy range with no scary crisis.

Remington’s first wife passes away when his daughter Lillie is a newborn.   He’s been through grief therapy.  Four years have passed since he lost his wife.  When he meets Ruby, he wakes up and starts to live again.   Instant attraction to her in a heart swooning kind of way.

The obstacles they face include a mother-in-law (his first wife’s Mom who now lives with him), her Mom, and a bully bitch from high school.   Ruby and Remi handle them all maturely and with humor.  Who doesn’t love to hate a mother-in-law who’s all over healthy eating and dressing properly?   Take that bitch.  Remington stands up to her each and every time.  Swoon.

There’s another book, Make You Mine, that features Drew (Ruby’s BFF) and Grayson.    Proper reading order would dictate it’s read before this one.   Whoops.  My bad.  But these are all true stand alone.  Make You Mine is definitely on my to-read list.

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