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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.

A stand-alone, contemporary romance.

 

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.

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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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#Review of The Perfect Lap (a Racing Hearts in Serenity Romance #2) by Sedona Hutton w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @SedonaHutton

The Perfect Lap

by Sedona Hutton 

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GENRE:  Contemporary Romance

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BLURB:

His job is to drive fast. Hers is to put the brakes on him. When sparks fly, will love cross the finish line?

AJ Ryan is a publicity nightmare. After a questionable photo surfaces and his biggest sponsor threatens to pull out, the NASCAR champion admits it might be time to hit the brakes. Thankfully, his new no-nonsense image consultant knows just where to start… too bad she revs his engine so loudly he can barely think straight.

Ella Fisher’s career is a welcome distraction from her poor taste in men. Fresh off another easily avoidable heartbreak, rehabbing AJ’s career is just the diversion she needs. But when the pulse-pounding client actually listens to her advice, Ella wonders if there’s more to the man behind the hot mess.

When Ella is granted guardianship of three boisterous children under the misconception that she and AJ are a couple, AJ surprises her by going along with the charade. Before long they find themselves in a make-shift family that feels more real than pretend.

As their professional relationship takes a hard turn for the personal, a single overheard conversation could make it all go up in flames. Will Ella and AJ’s romance hit the wall, or will love take the checkered flag?

The Perfect Lap is the second standalone novel in the Racing Hearts of Serenity romance series. If you like bad boys with a heart of gold, strong women, and love stories with a new age twist, then you’ll adore Sedona Hutton’s fun, sexy tale.

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Excerpt One:

“I bet you have a beautiful smile,” he drawled, then lowered his mouth to hers.

She should have pulled away—she didn’t know this man from Adam. But everything inside her protested. After gazing into each other’s eyes, she felt like she knew him intimately.

His lips were warm and tingly, his kiss pure perfection…and he drew back way too quickly. He blinked those deep blue eyes and gave her a lazy grin. “I knew it.” He rubbed the pad of his thumb over her lower lip. “Beautiful.”

That’s when she realized she was smiling.

He rose, and she gave him a quick once over, taking in the sexy stubble on his face, the taut muscles of his chest, his lean physique. As good old-fashioned lust rolled through her like a quick-moving thunderstorm, she silently bemoaned her situation. This was a hell of a time to have a newly implemented man-ban.

“Keep smiling.” Stuffing his hands in his pockets, he winked at her. “It suits you,” he added in that low, sexy drawl. Then he sauntered off.

Her breath caught as she spun around to gape at him. He’d just kissed her and now he was leaving? She contemplated calling him back, then reconsidered. She had other fish to fry.

Even so, she couldn’t stop herself from tracking his every move as he swaggered toward the party, his backside looking every bit as fine as the rest of him. Pressing a hand to her chest, she let out a slow exhale. Even though she was one-hundred percent committed to her man-ban, she could admit—at least to herself—that the sexy, charming stranger had intrigued her.

This book is just what I needed to read over the weekend.  After a brutal week with 1st-3rd graders in PE, outside for 3 days and dealing with it still hot in Texas, I needed to read a feel-good story about a NASCAR driver, a PR woman that honestly got hosed and 3 adorable children that needed to be loved.  A book to get lost in, fall in love with and go to bed with a huge smile on my face.

Most people don’t know that I love NASCAR.  I have my favorite drivers and I’ve actually been a race weekend near my house.  One of the most fun and interesting times of my life.  I really loved how Ms. Hutton did her research on the sport.  Most people would have glossed over it but she really went all out with it.  BTW, my dream track is Poconos.  Never been but it’s on the bucket list for sure.  A lot of the book was not at a track but you got to understand the lifestyle of the drivers and what their friends and families go through during race season.

AJ is a lot of fun in the book but he is also tired.  Tired of having to be right with the sponsors (like no pictures of him eating meat-sponsor is vegan), not having a good time and having things posted on social media and then, just tired of not feeling grounded in his daily life.  I understood his need for some stability in his life.  His sponge of a stepbrother, a mother that only cares about his ability to pay for things and then seeing his friends find love and feeling left out.  So when he meets Ella, he sees a challenge but also a way for him to finally figuring out what he truly wants in life.

Ella could have come off as a doormat but when she finally realizes that she will NEVER measure up to her folks; she takes a stand and lets them know exactly what she thinks.  Bravo.  It needed to be done and I applaud her for it.  Ella and AJ are fun together.  They actually communicate with each when it comes what they want from each other and actually learn from one another.  Watching them with the kids is awesome.  I’m not a New Age parent (I’m old-52) but some of the things that Ms. Hutton talked about makes a lot of sense.  I look to incorporate some of that in my classroom.

The kids in the book have had it rough.  An absent mother, raising themselves and then being put with Ella and AJ and trying to figure out their lives without there mother.  It could have been heartbreaking but once again, Ms. Hutton slowly rebuilds their trust and lives with the love and support of Ella and AJ.  And they are cute, too.  Not overly but clearly lovable.  Was the transition easy?  Not but Ms. Hutton did her job and letting the reader know that foster care and placement isn’t always easy.

The romance in the book is a slow build but realistic.  Considering that Ella has been burned by men in the past so her trust issues are real.  AJ and his inability to not date every one around him and finally deciding to date Ella and try to have a real relationship with her.  Again, it was completely relatable and fascinating to read.

I really enjoyed reading Ella and AJ’s story and it was great seeing Nora and Davey again and how they help Ella and AJ with the kids and also their romance.  I can’t wait for CC’s book when it comes out.  So do yourself a favor and pick up this book.  It’s sweet, inspiring, and a love story about two people and 3 children that find hope, their own voice and realize that family doesn’t have to be blood-related.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Author Sedona Hutton finds inspiration in the beautiful Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, where she lives with her husband and curly-coated retriever. In addition to writing, she’s a Reiki Master and a certified Chopra Center Meditation instructor. She enjoys reading, yoga, gardening, and experiencing the great outdoors on boats, motorcycles, and Jeeps. Sedona pens a “Peace, Love, & Joy” blog on her website. Visit her at www.SedonaHutton.com, Twitter @SedonaHutton, Facebook @SedonaHuttonAuthor, and Instagram @SedonaHutton.  

Sedona’s debut novel, Cloud Whispers, was a Finalist in the 2018 Readers’ Favorite Contest, an Official Selection in the 2018 Summer eBook Awards for New Apple Literary, and Shortlisted for the Books Go Social Best Book of 2018.

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Website: https://www.sedonahutton.com/

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Amazon Purchase Link for Cloud Whispers: https://goo.gl/N9aC38

Amazon Purchase Link for Nora’s Promise: https://tinyurl.com/y7vqz3t9

Amazon Purchase Link for The Perfect Lap: https://www.amazon.com/Perfect-Lap-Racing-Serenity-Romance-ebook/dp/B07R92KSFX

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Sedona Hutton will be awarding a $30 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

 

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