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Review of "New York, Actually" by Sarah Morgan

Title: New York, Actually
Author: Sarah Morgan
ISBN: 0373804105
Publisher: HQN Books
Series: From Manhattan with Love #4
Price: $5.98 (Paperback) $5.99 (e-book) $19.96 (Audible)
Rating: 🐶🐶🐶🐶1/2


If you follow me on social media, you'll have seen my posts about this book over the last week.  For the most part, they weren't very positive -- until about 20% into the book, I hated the hero.  If I could have set him on fire, I probably would have.  It was only Ms. Morgan's prose and the fact that I had been looking forward to this book for 6 months that kept me reading.  For once, I am glad I was so wrong about a character.

From the PublisherOne man. One woman. Two dogs.  Meet Molly—New York's most famous advice columnist, she considers herself an expert at relationships…as long as they're other people's. Still bruised from her last breakup, Molly is in no rush to find happily-ever-after—the only love of her life is her dalmatian, Valentine.  Meet Daniel—A cynical divorce …

Excerpt Blitz: Duke with Benefits by Manda Collins

“There you are, my dear,” said the Earl of Forsyth with a beaming smile that didn’t quite reach his eyes. Maitland saw at once that Daphne favored him. Her green eyes were the same shade as his, though there were lines of dissipation bracketing the earl’s. And though his expertly cropped blond hair was shot through with silver, what remained of its original color was the same shade as hers. But whereas Daphne’s gaze was focused off to the left of whomever she conversed with, like a bird hovering just over a branch, Forsyth’s speared one with cold calculation. As he did to Daphne now. “You are looking well, Daphne,” the earl continued, stepping forward to embrace his daughter, who looked as uncomfortable with the contact as Maitland had ever seen her. “The sea air agrees with you. As I knew it would.” “The sea is very beautiful,” Daphne replied woodenly. “Why are you here, Father?” “Is that any way to greet your Papa?” the earl chided, stepping back from her and wandering farther into the …

Review of "Exposure: A Love Story" by Tracy Ewens

Title: Exposure: A Love Story
Author: Tracy Ewens
ISBN: 9780997683844
Publisher: Tracy Ewens
Series: Love Story #8
Price: $11.00 (Paperback) $3.99 (e-book)
Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️



From the Publisher If only life were as simple as smiling for the camera. After years of braving the Arctic’s frigid temperatures or endless hours tracking the Spirit Bear to capture the perfect shot for National Geographic, Meg Jeffries decides to move back to the city—San Francisco. She wants a life with more stability. The kind that lets her see her family more than once a year and comes with owning a toaster or a full-sized tube of toothpaste. But creating her new “normal” is not without its obstacles. Meg is confident and successful behind a camera. A little extra publicity can’t change that… until it does.  Westin Drake is famous for fast cars and box office sales. Yet he’s a terrible driver and secretly hopes his fifteen minutes is almost up. West moved from Los Angeles to San Francisco, looking for some substance and…

Review of "On the Surface" by Kate Willoughby

Title: On the Surface
Author: Kate Willoughby
ASIN: B00GKBIQMW
Publisher: Carina Press
Series: In the Zone #1
Price: $4.99 (e-book) | $12.47 (Audible Audio)
Rating: DNF


From the Publisher
NHL player Tim Hollander lost his temper one time and threw a water bottle at an abusive fan. After “Bottlegate,” he’s traded to the San Diego Barracudas, where he’ll need to keep the bad publicity to a minimum while proving he can still compete with the younger guys on the ice.
Erin Collier is a pediatric nurse who’s never seen a hockey game, but gets in line for Tim’s autograph at a PR event in hopes of impressing the doctor she has a crush on. When an obnoxious fan gets pushy toward Erin, Tim rushes to defend the pretty stranger, throwing a punch in the process.
Grateful for the rescue, Erin agrees to stand by Tim during the resulting press conference and host him at a hospital charity event. Their chemistry is palpable, and soon their lives are intertwined. But Erin doubts a hockey player is capable of an…

Review of "The Thing About Love" by Julie James

Title: The Thing About Love
Author: Julie James
ISBN: 0425273776
Publisher: Berkley
Series: FBI/US Attorney Book #7
Price: $10.99 (paperback) $8.99 (e-book) $15.74 (Audible Audio)
Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 1/2

From The Publisher
Two undercover FBI agents can hide who they are from everyone but each other in the latest novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Suddenly One Summer.
After spending six years in Los Angeles—and the last six months wondering how her marriage fell apart—FBI Special Agent Jessica Harlow is looking for a fresh start. When she finds out that the Chicago field office has an opening for an undercover agent, returning to her hometown seems like the perfect answer. But her new partner, John Shepherd, is someone she never expected to see again. Six years ago, the cocky Army Ranger was her top competition at the FBI Academy, and the one man who got under her skin like no other. 
Just one assignment away from joining the FBI's elite Hostage Rescue Team, John isn't g…

Blog Tour: Excerpt and Review of "Lord of Chance" by Erica Ridley

Title: Lord of Chance Author: Erica Ridley ISBN: 1943794049 Publisher: Webmotion Series: Rogues to Riches #1 Price: $7.99 (paperback) $3.99 (e-book) $9.97 (Audible Audio)
Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 





I was recently given the opportunity to take part in a Blog Tour for the newest Erica Ridley novel, Lord of Chance, and as I've liked her books in the past, I decided to do it.  The publisher quickly provided me with  a whole folder full of goodies, so without further ado:
The Excerpt
'Charlotte harrumphed to hide her amusement. “How are you at pressing wrinkles from gowns?” “Let me assure you,” Mr. Fairfax informed her with utter seriousness, “that I have never worn a wrinkled gown in all my life.” “Very gentlemanly.” She tried not to smile. “Let’s see your skill as maid-of-all-work, then. My gowns are in the wardrobe, as is my traveling iron. See what you can do.” “At your service.” He bowed, then turned and marched to the wardrobe like a soldier off to war. Now that he couldn’t see her, she let her…

Video of the Day -- Ole Blue Eyes

I'm currently reading the first book in Erica Ridley's Rogues to Riches series, Lord of Chance, and the hero has a bit of a gambling problem.  Let's be honest and call a spade a spade: he's got a gambling addiction.  To me it sounds like he started gambling because he was broke, discovered a talent for it, and then lost everything, so now he continues to gamble in the hopes of getting it all back.  Anyway, he has a habit of calling the heroine 'Lady Fortune.'  Each time he does it, I hear Sinatra singing Luck Be a Lady and so I give you, today's video.


Growing up in an Italian-American family, the Rat Pack was a BIG DEAL.  Some might even say it was HUGE.  When I was a kid, my aunt would play cassettes of their shows and my brother, cousin, and I knew all the worlds to many of their songs.  Although this wasn't one of my favorite songs -- Guys and Dolls is not one of my go-to musicals -- I couldn't help thinking of it as I read.  Of course, that mea…

Spring Is in the Air

Have you ever seen a hummingbird?  I've seen 3 in the last couple of weeks and watching them fly is so cool.  It looks like they're just floating there in the air.  Obviously, their little wings are just flapping really quickly, but it doesn't look like that.  Anyway, my point is that the birds are coming back.  Sure, I live in Northern California and it doesn't get as cold here as it does in other parts of the country, but there still aren't as many birds here during the winter as there are during the spring and summer.

Just like the birds, new books, much-anticipated books are coming this spring.  I know what you're thinking--new books come out every Tuesday, which is true, and yes, there are big books that come out throughout the year, but this new batch seems special.  I'm not really sure what that special thing is, but it is there.  These are some of the books I'm most looking forward to reading over the next few months.

The Thing About Love by Jul…