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Happy Book Birthday to Holidate (Dating #3) by Monica Murphy! @MsMonicaMurphy #contemporaryromance #holidayromance

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“Absolute Christmas magic. If Hallmark doesn’t make this movie I may go on Christmas movie strike!” #1 New York Times bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken

Holidate, an all-new standalone contemporary holiday romance by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Monica Murphy is LIVE!

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Candice Gaines loves Christmas. Not only does she bask in the twinkling lights, sing Christmas carols and go crazy with the decorations, she’s also in the giving spirit, donating much of her time and wealth to various charities in the local area.

Charlie Sullivan despises Christmas. Though it keeps his family afloat, considering they own Sullivan Family Christmas Tree Farm, the main provider for Christmas trees on the Monterey peninsula. He’d much rather work among the trees versus have to deal with people.

But Charlie’s parents are taking on more philanthropic projects—and as their oldest child, they want him to be their official public representative. He just has to play nice and convince everyone he’s not a total holiday hater.

When Charlie’s mom asks Candice to accompany him to a variety of holiday parties and events, she reluctantly agrees. She thinks Charlie is a big ol’ Grinch, but is determined to change his mindset and help him spread Christmas cheer. Charlie finds Candice too chatty, too sweet, too much. Do people like her really exist?

Why yes, yes they do. The more time they spend together—along with a few kisses under the mistletoe—the more they start to like each other. Hopefully Charlie can convince Candice he doesn’t have a heart that’s two sizes too small before the ball drops on New Year’s Eve.

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Well, folks, this is my first-holiday book to review this season.  And it was a good one to read.  Ask anyone and I’m not big on Christmas anymore except for my son.  It’s a long story and I don’t really want to get into right now.  I used to love the holiday season, just like Candice, just not anymore.  What really set this apart for me is that it was centered around a Christmas tree farm.  While most people would find this funny, I don’t typically read holiday-themed books.  I’m not a Grinch, just don’t get into it at all.  I admit that I don’t watch the Hallmark Channel either.

Candice has been popping up in the other books so I was excited to finally get her story.  I just love her.  Period.  She could have come off as a spoiled little rich girl but she is the complete opposite of that.  She has a heart of gold and will do anything for anybody.  Christmas is her favorite holiday but she kinda hides behind it because of a loss that happened to her when she was young.  I understand why she does it but what I don’t understand is why her family didn’t pick up on it.  And don’t say that Jared should of because he didn’t spend too much time around the family anyway.

Charlie was actually hilarious to me.  Lumberjack cool, semi socially awkward but underneath all of that, he really is a good person.  He just likes to be alone.  Coming from a big, noisy family and having a lot of responsibility for the family business, it made sense that he would come off as a Grinch.  I never saw him like that.  I saw him as a man that didn’t like getting pushed into situations that he found uncomfortable.  His mother had good intentions but in the end, she really messed up and it almost cost Candice and Charlie their relationship.

I loved the slow burn of their romance.  In fact, this book is kisses only and that’s the way it should be.  Candice and Charlie have a bunch of relationship baggage to deal with before they can admit that they actually like each other.  Their romance is built on friendship first and kisses later.  At times, I thought it would never happen.  Ms. Murphy lets you know that it is coming but I can be impatient, as usual.  The payoff, in the end, is perfect.

The secondary character that stood out for me was Stella.  Oh my, she’s a feisty one.  I can’t wait to see if Ms. Murphy has a book up her sleeve for her.  It would be a hoot and a half for me.  And I’m dying for a Gingerbread Latte.  I fell out of favor years ago with Pumpkin Spice but Gingerbread…yes, please.  I can’t wait until its on the menu at Starbucks.

Of all of the books to date in the series, this is my favorite.  Candice and Charlie had from the start.  I loved watching them dance around each other, pushing each other out of their own comfort zone and then finding that middle ground.  If I had one complaint, I wish there had been an epilogue.  The ending was too abrupt for me and I felt it was unfinished.  Otherwise, I can’t wait to see them in the other books.

This is such a great series from Ms. Murphy.  One of my all-time favorites and I would highly recommend it to anyone and everyone.

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Meet Monica:

Monica Murphy is the New York Times, USA Today and #1 international bestselling author of the One Week Girlfriend series, the Billionaire Bachelors and The Rules series. Her books have been translated in almost a dozen languages and has sold over one million copies worldwide. She is both self-published and published by Random House/Bantam and HarperCollins/Avon. She writes new adult, young adult and contemporary romance.

She is a wife and a mother of three who lives in central California on fourteen acres in the middle of nowhere along with their one dog and too many cats. A self-confessed workaholic, when she’s not writing, she’s reading or hanging out with her husband and kids. She’s a firm believer in happy endings, though she will admit to putting her characters through angst-filled moments before they finally get that hard won HEA.

Connect with Monica:

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Happy Book Birthday to Awk-Weird (Ice Knights #2) by Avery Flynn @Danichez75 @entangledpub @AveryFlynn #contemporaryromance #newrelease

 

 

 

There’s more to me than just being awk-weird. I own my own flower shop, have some great friends, and I have my eye on adopting the most adorable kitten. But sadly, hot guys don’t tend to be blown away by my trivia-spouting, dorky self.
 
So, when a Thor-lookalike who happens to be a professional hockey player hits on me at my bestie’s wedding rehearsal party … You better believe I climbed that tree like a cat. And the face that it happened not once, not twice, but three times? Yeah, that’s pretty much a once-in-a-lifetime experience for a woman like me. 
 
There’s zero chance I’ll end up ever seeing him again…right? 
 
Until the pregnancy test comes up positive. What happens next?
 
Oh my God, I wish I knew…
 
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What can I say?  Ms. Flynn had me at one of my favorite tropes…accidental pregnancy.  Why do I love it?  Because with Ms. Flynn’s pen in hand, I knew that it was going to be hilarious.  She didn’t disappoint with Tess and Cole.  What’s not to love about a night of wild sex with a Thor lookalike and then find out you are pregnant with his baby?  I know, I know.  It’s a trope that is used too much by some authors, but Tess and Cole make it believable.
Tess is a nerd.  Yes, a trivia spouting, flower shop owner, book-loving nerd.  When she is nervous, the trivia spouting is her defense mechanism.  She reminded me of Cliff from Cheers but not near as annoying.  LOL!  Cole, on the other hand, stress bakes before a game and loves his routine.  Like obsessed with his routine.  Its almost like he can’t function without it.  I found that completely endearing.  Hockey players are extremely routine-oriented and lord love a duck, they are superstitious.  So watching him with all of his weirdness (to some) was completely natural for me.  I used to work for the Dallas Stars Hockey Club for years so I get it.  Plus, when these two get into moving the Big Foot painting around, I was rolling with laughter.  Not to mention, Tess explaining that there is a sub-genre of books written with Big Foot.  Oh my…
What sets this book apart from the others that I have read in regards to the Hartigans and Ice Knights are Cole and Tess.  Frankie and Lucy are my favorite couple from these two series but Cole and Tess apart from even Frankie and Lucy are the completely normal OCD, awkwardness not just towards their lives but towards each other.  Neither one has ever had a stable, healthy relationship with anyone.  Tess with her mother leaving her with relatives and the on/off romantic relationship that Cole has had with the coach’s daughter.  Man, was I glad that wrapped up.  I grew very tired of reading about it and to be honest, I don’t like that girl at all.  Something about her grated on me.  So I glad when Cole finally figured out his feelings for her and his growing feelings for Tess.
This book is hilarious but also surprisingly emotional.  Tess and Cole have a lot to go through to get to a HEA.  Both come from families that either didn’t support them or were extremely distant in their love.  Tess was still having to deal with a slumlord of an uncle in regards to her apartment and flower shop.  Cole and his constant moving as a child don’t help either.  Hence, the routines for him.  His teammates give me grief for him but they also love him, too.  Watching Fallon and Zach kick ass is always a joy for me.  Plus, there is a kitten named Kahn that is a hoot.
I can always count on Ms. Flynn to bring the heat but she also digs deep into her characters that bring the authentic that would seem far fetched in another author’s head.  You care about them, laugh with them, swoon and cry for them in the end.  They are like a part of your family and you miss them when you close the book.  Tess and Cole found a piece of my heart that I can never get back and I don’t want to.  Bravo, Ms. Flynn.

 

 






USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling romance author Avery Flynn has three slightly-wild children, loves a hockey-addicted husband and is desperately hoping someone invents the coffee IV drip. Avery was a reader before she was a writer and hopes to always be both. She loves to write about smartass alpha heroes who are great with a quip and relatable heroines who are feisty, fierce and fantastic.
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Release Day ARC #Review of Save the Date (Dating Series #1) by Monica Murphy! @MsMonicaMurphy #contemporaryromance

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Save the Date, an all-new standalone contemporary romance in a new series by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Monica Murphy is LIVE!

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Caroline Abbott loves her job—helping engaged couples pick out the perfect save the date cards and invitations for their dream wedding. Working at Noteworthy means she has to deal with the occasional bridezilla, but Caroline’s always up for the challenge.

Until one particular bridezilla walks into the stationery store who’s fiancé happens to be the boy Caroline shared her first kiss with. Alexander Wilder is all grown up now, helping run his family’s successful luxury hotel chain, and is somehow even better looking than she remembers.

When Caroline just happens to catch Alex’s fiancée half naked with another man well, of course, she has to tell Alex. Of course, he breaks off his engagement.

And of course, the ex-bridezilla has gone completely bonkers.

At least Caroline has her friends to save her from crazy ex-fiancées. But she also has the sudden interest of…Alex? Caroline knows they share a connection, but is he on the rebound? Or after seeing her all these years later, does he really want something more?

 

 

 

Yall, this book.  As you know, I’m a HUGE fan of her YA/NA series, Friends.  I mean, come on, #CuddlewithTuttle.  It had been a couple of years since I read one of her straight contemporary romance books.  She did not disappoint at all.  In fact, reading this book is liking sitting down over a coffee or beer with an old friend.  Catching up, laughing, crying, swooning and promising to visit more often.  This book left me with that feeling and I can’t wait to see what happens in this series.  The girls have already been introduced so I’m very intrigued.

I love a childhood friend to lovers story.  Caroline and Alex are perfect for each other; once when they were teenagers and now, even better as adults.  Ms. Murphy doesn’t rush the romance between them either.  She lets them become friends again without the awkwardness that they both experienced as teenagers.  Watching them build their romance is breathtaking.  Its the little things that happen between them that are priceless.  There are too many scenes that I could recite back to you but you really need to read them for yourself.

Another thing that I loved about the book is that Caroline is not hapless, hopeless or in danger.  She’s a great character that you want to hang out with and order your save the date cards from.  At least I would have.  The relationships that she has with her friends and even her boss are great.  There’s no angst amoung then at all.  Of course, she has to deal with Alex’s crazy ex at times and it s truly funny, too.

Alex is a dream.  I know I say that about a lot of heroes but here in this book, he truly is.  He’s the character that has the most growing up to do in the book.  A workaholic to the bone but when he finally stands up to his dad about his childhood and why he is today is awesome.  Just the right amount of drama but very necessary for Alex to finally see the light and understand that something’s gotta give if he truly wants a relationship with Caroline in the end.

Overall, this is a sweet, somewhat sexy romance between two childhood friends that shared their first kiss and meet up later in life and fall in love.  Is there a conflict?  Yes, very relatable and plausible.  If your boyfriend is rich. 

 

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Monica Murphy is the New York Times, USA Today and #1 international bestselling author of the One Week Girlfriend series, the Billionaire Bachelors and The Rules series. Her books have been translated in almost a dozen languages and has sold over one million copies worldwide. She is both self-published and published by Random House/Bantam and Harper Collins/Avon. She writes new adult, young adult and contemporary romance.

She is a wife and a mother of three who lives in central California on fourteen acres in the middle of nowhere along with their one dog and too many cats. A self-confessed workaholic, when she’s not writing, she’s reading or hanging out with her husband and kids. She’s a firm believer in happy endings, though she will admit to putting her characters through angst-filled moments before they finally get that hard won HEA.

Connect with Monica:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MonicaMurphyauthor/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5934418.Monica_Murphy
Amazon: http://amzn.to/1YUl0Vm
Website: http://monicamurphyauthor.com
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