chick-lit · romance · Short Stories

*BLOG TOUR* Blinded Me With Science – Tara September ★★★★

Blurb; Opposites attract like a magnet to steel, or in this case, Emerson to Steel

Emerson Powers has been so focused on obtaining her science degree that she’s neglected the more social aspects of college life. With the new start of her junior year, she’s determined to fix that with a real hands-on lesson in biology. The assignment is simple enough—teach the rock star’s son how to be good, while he shows her how to be very bad. Two objectives, one outcome … will the lesson be love or heartbreak?

Steel is no longer the bad boy Emerson knew from prep school, and he’s set to prove it by helping Emerson complete her secret list of desired college experiences. And if he can convince her that they are meant to be together along the way, even better!

While teaming up on experiments, both in and out of the classroom, Emerson discovers a new side to Steel. Leaving her to question everything she thought she knew. Still, is it enough to forgive the past or just mere chemistry?

My Review; My first read of 2023 and a short one but a good one. This is book two in the love lessons series, but it read perfectly fine as a standalone. I’d say it’s a romance/ enemies to lovers. The story is told through Emerson and Steel, Emerson is starting over in a far new college with the hope of a new beginning. Enter Steel her high school jerk and of course, they get partnered together on an assignment which not only brings them together but also the chance to right the wrongs of the past. I really enjoyed this one, I will go back to read book one at some point. Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars.

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Adventure · chick-lit · romance

*BLOG TOUR* There’s No Place Like Home – Jane Lovering ★★★★

Blurb; Isabel, Izzy to her friends, has got nothing left to lose when she makes the bravest decision of her life. 

A month living under canvas on the Yorkshire Moors with five strangers wouldn’t normally be her idea of a good time, even if there is prize money to be won at the end of it, but she’s all out of options.

Joining her in this wild goose chase, being filmed for a TV show, are farmer Seb, whose marriage is creaking but who is desperate not to lose his family. Sheltered Ruth who needs an opportunity to show she can make her own decisions. Glamorous socialite Kanga, who has been living a lie. American Junior who has his own secret that has led him there. And last but not least, mysterious and brooding Mac, who Izzy can’t help but be drawn to.

As the fickleness of nature tests them all to their limits, this disparate group come together to face the challenge. But when Izzy finally tells them the truth that has brought her out on the Moors, will that be the end of their adventure, or the beginning of her future? Because what Izzy really needs is a place to call home, and someone to share it with could be even better…

My Review; This was a lovely read to end the year on. It’s a reality tv/camp out with other strangers trying to find a big cat on the loose, will they find it? Tempers get heated, romances occur and feuds. But each person who is there has their own reason for being there and all have very different backgrounds and come from different lifestyles. Maybe they could all learn something from each other? It’s a coming together story with a beautiful ending for all. I loved Izzy and Macs characters. It’s a story full of endurance, learning and new beginnings for all the characters. I really enjoyed it. But some of the chapters were a little long for my personal liking. A well deserved four stars. Could easily have a follow up book to this which I’d love to read. Highly recommend.

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chick-lit · Christmas · romance · Short Stories

One Hundred Christmas Proposals – Holly Martin ★★★★

Blurb; The eagerly anticipated follow-up to One Hundred Proposals.

If you thought Harry & Suzie’s life couldn’t get anymore sweepingly romantic than Harry asking her to marry him at the end of One Hundred Proposals – think again

It’s Christmas in a snow-kissed London, and the.PerfectProposal.com have vowed to carry out one hundred proposals in December. No easy task at the best of times – made even more complicated by Harry & Suzie trying to plan their first Christmas and a visit from the dreaded in-laws. But one hundred deliciously Christmassy proposals later they find themselves asking if everything is still perfect in their own relationship….

Welcome back to the divinely warm world of One Hundred Proposals – with a sprinkling of pure, joyful, festive magic.

Have yourself a very merry Christmas indeed with Holly Martin’s Christmas novella.

My Review; A quick buddy read with Mel from Melanie’s Reads to start the year we both loved book one and this follows straight after so they’re best read in order. This is a short novella at just over 100 pages, perfect for Christmas as it’s solely focusing on Christmas proposals. Main characters and couple Harry and Suzie get a beautiful ending and a new beginning in this story. An easy, fast and festive read. Brilliant. A well deserved four out of five stars. Highly recommend.

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