The Nanny Arrangement by Rachel Harris – a Review

The Nanny Arrangement by Rachel Harris – a Review

 

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Soft-spoken and shy Hannah Fisher is determined to make the man she’s loved her entire life finally see her as a woman. With the help of a makeover, a new mission—Operation Find My Happy—and the convenient forced proximity of a tour bus, she vows to win her best friend Deacon’s heart.

Former bad boy and current fiddle player Deacon Latrell has the world at his fingertips: a new gig with a famous band, plus his best friend on tour as his son’s nanny. Life couldn’t get much sweeter. Now if only he could stop imagining kissing the daylights out of his childhood BFF…

With one friend set on pushing the boundaries and the other afraid to rock the boat, one thing’s for certain—their story would make one heck of a country song.

 

Review:

The Nanny Arrangement by Rachel Harris is book two in the Country Blues Series, by Rachel Harris.

Hannah Fisher is determined. She’s has finally decided to go after exactly what she wants, and that is the boy next door who she has been in love with since they were teens. After spending time away in Paris, she has come back to town with a new mission – Operation Find My Happy!  And her sights are set on her best friend, turned country rocker Deacon Latrell. 

Deacon Latrell hasn’t had an ideal life. In fact if it would have been a lot worse without his best friend Hannah and her family.  He is a single father raising his young son and through it all he knew he could count on Hannah being there, that is until Hannah goes away.  While Hannah is away being an au pair in Paris he realizes just how much she means to him, but nothing will ever come between their friendship.  And it seems that everything is falling into place.  Deacon recently landed the gig touring as the fiddle player for the famous country band Blue. All he needed was a Nanny for his son Max for the tour. Just so happens Hannah returns from Paris with a new look and a mission.  She jumps at the chance to be Blue’s Nanny while on tour. What could be more perfect than spending hours on a tour bus wth Deacon and working to accomplish her mission. 

I enjoyed Hannah from page one.  She was determined to make a friend of the boy next door Ashe did just that!  Now with a new look and a determination she is going to do everything in her power to get her man.  She showed her love for Deacon and his son Max in everything that she did for them.  But how can she get Deacon to see beyond their friendship and see the woman she is now! And I loved how she was awkward about getting what she wanted, completely made her relatable. 

Deacon – *sigh* what is not to love! Other than it takes him forever to see what is right in front of him.  He is a loving fatherr and puts his son first.  It just takes him a little while to realize that Hannah has always been right where she was supposed to be – by his side. But his fear of losing their friendship keeps him from realizing the love of his life has been right there in front of him all along!

A wonderful book that shows you exactly what can happen when you allow friendship to bloom into romance. And a perfect summer romance. Looking forward to reading more in this series! 

Reviewed by Erin

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Romancing the Bachelor by Diane Alberts – a Review

Romancing the Bachelor by Diane Alberts – a Review

 

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Eric Hamilton isn’t looking for love. Hell, he isn’t even looking for a girl. He has a five-year plan, and he’s one hundred percent focused on that. But then Shelby walks into his life, and suddenly, he can’t think about anything else. Unfortunately for him, she hates his guts, and wants nothing to do with him. But he’s a man who loves a challenge.

Shelby Jefferson can’t wait to get out of the city, and back to her country roots. She moved to Atlanta for a guy who promptly left her, and the last thing she wants is to fall for another man who might make her want to stay. But Eric is nothing if not persistent, and before long she’s inside his arms, in his bed, and she’s falling for him. Hard. But when history repeats itself, and she has to choose between a man and herself––again.

 

Review:

Romancing the Bachelor is the second installment of the Hamilton Family series from author Diane Alberts.

Eric lives by his 5 year plan, he won’t deviate, not for nothing, but meeting Shelby gives him second thoughts. The thrill of the chase, him not taking no for an answer, (in fact if that had been me, he may have gotten a punch on the nose a few times.)

Shelby had followed the love of her life to Atlanta, she’d left her family, she’d left her college course, she moved away to be with him, giving it all up …… and he left her behind, not a backward glance. So Shelby swore never again to be taken in, it would be in her terms or not at all. 

She tries hard to put him off her, late dates, long decisions, and indecisive, but Eric seems pretty keen, but is that still the thrill of the chase? Is that because he hasn’t gotten what he’s after yet?

Eric says he wants them to take it slow, he’s happy to wait, but Shelby isn’t convinced, she doesn’t want to fall for him, she wants him to leave her alone, she’s terrified of falling for him, and he just walks away. 

Eric tries to convince Shelby that he’s not into changing her plans, he only wants to get to know her. Will Shelby have her heart broken again?   You need to read this book to find out.

Romancing the Bachelor is a good book to read for the summer and I recommend you give it a look. 

Reviewed by Julie B

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One Little Kiss by Maggie Kelley – a Review

One Little Kiss by Maggie Kelley – a Review

 

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Love blogger Kate Bell is finished with men—especially the hot ones. Of course her only chance to save her career requires snagging an interview with the man who literally wrote the book on love, reclusive and super-sexy relationship expert Jake Wright. Who happens to be her boss’s brother.

The last thing Jake Wright wants is to be dragged back into the spotlight as a bachelor for his sister’s dating website. But when a sweet and sexy blogger crashes onto his island in the middle of a storm worse than his love life, keeping his hands off proves to be a challenge—especially when they’re stuck sharing the same bungalow. 

Review;

One Little Kiss by Maggie Kelley is a fast, fun, charming and sexy read.  Jake and Kate are fun characters with different takes on love and relationships. Poor Jake doesn’t know what hits him when Kate arrives a little on the tipsy side thanks to her three martinis on the plane.  I was LOL’ing at this scene and Kate’s un-guarded comments regarding Jake and his looks thanks to her self-induced booze haze.  This whole scene sets the stage for the rest of the story, and the chemistry that sparks between the two of them jumps off the pages at every turn. 

Kate and Jake are both well developed characters and we can see why both have their different perspectives and takes on what love and relationships mean to them.   Poor Jake had his heart shattered by his ex-wife; she had an affair with is agent, and poor the girl next door Kate just keeps falling for the wrong guy.  Together they make quite the pair and their sexy, flirtatious witty banter just keeps the story moving along at a pace that makes you wonder just where the time went as you’re reading. It’s an easy story to get into and stay in thanks to Jake and Kate.  Their chemistry is sizzling, but the friendly, at ease nature they have with each other is a breath of fresh air.  It allows their conversations to flow and their relationship to blossom without feeling rushed or forced like some shorter stories do at times.   

One Little Kiss by Maggie Kelley is the third installment in her Smart Cupid series. Like I said it’s a fun, fast read, with plenty of humor and sizzling chemistry. Maggie Kelley’s writing is witty, flirtatious, and with a carefree attitude that allowed me, the reader to sit a back and enjoy Kate and Jake’s story.  It’s the perfect book to take to the beach, or have a lazy Sunday afternoon with.  After reading this one and enjoying it as much as I did, I wish I had read the previous two in the series first.  Guess I’ll be going back to read those now, because I have a feeling they will be just as entertaining as One Little Kiss.

Until next time, happy reading everyone!!

Reviewed by Marcie

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Love on Tap by Meg Benjamin – a Review

Love on Tap by Meg Benjamin – a Review

 

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Wyatt Montgomery knows a barrel of legendary Zoria imperial stout will help his Denver gastropub stay on top. The only problem is the brewery that made it is no longer in business. When Wyatt hears the brewmaster has only one barrel left, he won’t stop until it’s his. He doesn’t consider what this mythical barrel might cost him. And he certainly doesn’t anticipate his reaction to the heart-stoppingly beautiful brewmaster he needs to convince to sell him the beer.

When Wyatt rushes into Bec Dempsey’s small-town cooperative offering to buy the last barrel of her precious Zoria, she’s thrown for a loop. She’s been burned by city-slickers before, and she’ll be damned if she’ll let it happen again. But when things start heating up between them, Bec decides to make Wyatt a counteroffer. One she hopes he won’t refuse.

 

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Love on Tap is A Brewing Love Novel by Meg Benjamin.

Wyatt Montgomery owns a waning gastropub named Quaff in Denver, Colorado. His place combines high end food and craft beers and business has been pretty steady until recently. There is competition in town and he soon realizes that he must come up with some idea to get consumers heading back his way. While contemplating just what to do, someone mentions to him that  if he wants to renew his restaurants image and create a stir, he should try to get the legendary last barrel from the Antero Brewing Company of an imperial stout called Zoria. Except no one really knows if it truly does exist or if it is just folklore.  Antero Brewing shut down quite awhile ago, but as of late rumors have been flowing that there is one last barrel to be had.  If he could get his hands on this beer – he could throw the most amazing beer dinner ever.  Set out on a mission to find this last barrel of Zoria, Wyatt has no idea what he is getting himself into., but only hopes that if this barrel does exist he can purchase it and make a name for himself.   

Upon arriving in Antero, Wyatt inquires at a local pub on where he may find the owner of the now defunct Antero Brewing.  Pointed in the right direction he soon comes face to face with Bec Dempsey.  A blue eyed, red headed brew master.  Not at all what he was expecting when he set out to find this legendary brew master. And he now must convince her that he would do anything to be able to purchase her last barrel of Zoria.  And Bec realizes that selling this last barrel may be the only way to get her brewing company up and running again.  But she won’t just give it away to anyone, the person that gets the Zoria is going to have to work for it.  And that is exactly what Wyatt does.

Wyatt Montgomery is charming, headstrong and not afraid to work for what he wants.  His character was relatable and understanding.  I found myself wanting to know just exactly what he was going to do and how he was going to handle each situation.  His ability to handle Bec’s stubbornness and unworthiness was perfect.  You want him to succeed in getting this barrel of stout so he can do well and beat the competition.  But you also want him to break through Bec’s emotional walls and convince her that he isn’t the same as her ex.

Bec Dempsey is a  stubborn redhead fireball.  She has trust issues and even more issues standing up to her mistakes.  But, when Wyatt comes to town to purchase her last barrel of Zoria, she realizes that she can utilize this venture to help her get the brewery back up and running.  She was basically left to deal with the fallout from the financial partner that walked away from the brewery, along with the fact that the other co-owner – her brother, Liam – just simply walked away when the money was gone.  But Wyatt makes Bec see the error of her ways and helps her repair bridges that she thought she had burned quite awhile ago.  Heartwarming and loving – this story is simple and emotional.

I enjoyed all the sub-characters – Carol and Ruth –  all except for Liam.  I truly wished someone would have punched him.  Not only did he walk away from his sister when she needed him the most, it seemed he only wanted to be bothered with her when money came back around.  And yes he redeemed himself in the end but I still wasn’t a fan. 

The story was quirky and relatable while combining a love for craft beers and  romance.  Would definitely follow this story on to the next, if for nothing else than to hope for a glimpse into how Wyatt and Bec were doing.

Reviewed by Erin

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A Dangerous Seduction by Jillian Eaton – a Review

A Dangerous Seduction by Jillian Eaton – a Review

 

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A MURDER….

When Lady Scarlett Sherwood’s husband is killed in a riding accident that turns out to be no accident at all, she becomes the number one suspect in a murder investigation that takes the ton by storm. Her accuser? None other than the dark, ruthless Sir Owen Steel, Captain of the Bow Street Runners… and the only man Scarlett has ever loved.

A BETRAYAL…

Owen was just the poor son of a baker when Scarlett spurned him for a highborn lord. Now he is one of the most powerful men in England, but he never forgot the woman who left him humiliated and heartbroken. He always vowed he would make Scarlett pay for her treacherous betrayal, and what better way to seek revenge than to see her imprisoned for murder?

A DANGEROUS SEDUCTION…

But old passions are hard to ignore, and one kiss is all it takes for Owen and Scarlett’s sizzling chemistry to be reignited. Soon they find themselves swept up in an affair that could have dangerous consequences for them both. Because there is still a murderer on the loose, and he’s just found his next victim…

Scarlett.

 

Review:

The introduction was forward and flirtatious, unbecoming of such a well-bred lady, but was it ever so charming and tantalizing! Good for Lady Scarlett to engage, and commit, to securing the attention of Owen. Where was that spine, though, when she had to make a choice between her head and her heart? Seven years later, Owen returns to London to face Scarlett, to declare that…her husband is dead. As captain of the Bow Street Runners, Owen is charged with the heavy task, but damn if he’s not a tiny bit satisfied, even suspicious, about Scarlett’s role in the murder. Second chance romances get me every time and Jillian Eaton‘s A Dangerous Seduction, the first of her Bow Street Brides series, delivers well.

As the investigation unfolds, details reveal Scarlett’s loveless farce of a marriage. Given their failed past, perhaps Owen should have recused himself from the investigation if not based on the sheer amusement derived from Scarlett’s misery! I suppose it’s only natural to experience a degree of satisfaction to learn that the one who spurned you has suffered in your absence. I suppose that’s reasonable. Owen, however, arrived with a derisive chip on his shoulder; so determined to make Scarlett admit that she regretted her choice (and, oh yeah, committed murder). Again, this may fall within the realm of “How you like me now?”, but when Owen drops his barriers, and faces Scarlett’s truths, we discover Scarlett isn’t the only one holding back feelings this whole time. It was total denial, of course, but it allowed us to forgive Owen’s cruel exterior and hope for reconciliation.

It’s not a quick fix, if that’s what you’re expecting — where’s the fun in that? While technically “free” of her acrimonious marriage, an immense relief to be sure, Scarlett must don the pretense of grieving widow. How can she get close to Owen, explain that her rash decision, made as a child, was one of inexperience, not lack of love? Ms. Eaton uses opportune flashbacks to explain the fundamental inequity of wealth and opportunity between Owen and Scarlett. Choices break hearts, but fate finds a way to intervene.

What a fun read! I enjoyed the feisty banter between Owen and Scarlett. It was insolent and combative, but their fierce love for each other prevented irrevocable harm. *sighs* Something that nagged at me, an issue I hate to criticize since it’s not content, but I feel compelled to recommend an additional review of the manuscript. There were so many typos, it was distracting.  I’d love to catch those for you by way of an ARC ;). I’m shameless.  I just want your work to shine!

The prologue prepared us for the saucy sequel starring two secondary characters who experienced quite a moment. Sign me up now, please!

Reviewed by Carmen

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His Family of Convenience by Amy Ayers – a Review

His Family of Convenience by Amy Ayers – a Review

 

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Senna Callas’s one-night stand with her alpha asshole boss, Marco Medina, was supposed to mark the end of her internship and their ridiculous attraction. After being unreachable and ignoring Senna for a year, Marco sweeps back into the country and summons her to his office, revealing he knows her secret…the secret created during their explosive night together.

Marco is determined to be there for the son he’s just discovered he has, but when it comes to being with Senna, his choices aren’t his own. His meddling family expects him, the firstborn son, to follow through with the arranged marriage set up when he was a child. And Senna has no plans on being his mistress and still resents how her attempts to contact Marco were ignored. The only thing going right between them is the attraction that burns no matter the complicated situation they’re in.

Marco would do anything to protect his family, anything except decide between the legacy he was born into and the young family he’s just found…

 

Review:

His Family of Inconvenience by Amy Ayers was well written from beginning to end, and the entertaining plot, with its twists and turns kept me glued to its pages. 

Senna is a good mother to her infant son Max. She doesn’t have much money, but that doesn’t stop her from trying to give Max the best possible start in life. She works as a bartender, that’s where she meets Marco.

Max’s father is Marco Medina, an extremely wealthy and powerful man, he left Senna after their one night of being together.  Marco is now back in Miami, on the hunt for his recently discovered son, unaware that Senna tried to share her pregnancy news with him, however, her many calls, texts, and emails were intercepted by his well meaning staff. 

Marco is first born, it has many privileges, but it also comes with an arranged marriage and a ton of responsibility. Marco believes deeply in his families traditions, so even though he has strong feelings for Senna, he plans to forward with the plans that his parents’ arranged for him when he was a child.

Sienna is completely unaware of Marco’s plans to take Max to Spain to meet his ailing father and the rest of his family. And Marco’s wealth allows him to take care of all of Senna’s financial problems in one fell swoop, including her grandmother’s care. 

So Senna and Max go to Spain, she meets his family and a truce is called between them. Senna and Marco explore their feelings for each other, but how will they dealing with Marco’s arranged marriage?

This story is well-written and the characters are well-defined, and the description of the scenery had me immersed. Their feelings for each other developed at a steady pace. 

So, this is a good book to take away on holiday. To lie in the sun and immerse yourself in a good old fashioned romance. 

Reviewed by Julie B

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Enchanting the Earl by Lily Maxton – a Review

Enchanting the Earl by Lily Maxton – a Review

 

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Llynmore Castle is the only place Annabel Lockhart has ever considered home. For years, she’s been able to live as she wished, freely roaming the wild moors. Now there’s a new earl, as arrogant as he is handsome, and he wants her out. But if he thinks she’ll go quietly, he’s in for a surprise.

Theo Townsend returned from war a changed man. After unexpectedly inheriting an earldom and a secluded castle in the Scottish Highlands to go with it, he thinks he’s found the perfect place to hide from the world—until he arrives to find a spirited, beautiful woman already in residence. He can’t just throw her out, but surely there’s a way to get her to leave on her own. The sooner she’s gone, the better, especially when he realizes there’s more than just mutual dislike between them.

 

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Enchanting the Earl by Lily Maxton is a magnificent story begins that in 1812 with a knock on the castle door!

I will admit, I took a deep sigh and began to read, expecting another highland romance…I’ve read other novels from this wonderfully talented author. I should have known to expect something that would touch my heart and my very soul.

It is not a typical romance. It’s a very antagonistic beginning. A very untypical couple. An interesting and provocative read. Okay, so let’s get right to the heart of it!

Theo Townsend is a man in his twenties. He has three younger siblings, two sisters and a brother, all fairly grown. Born to a loving mother and father who later died early, they were raised on the charity of aunts and uncles. Not treated unkindly, but not a loving family either. He joined the war effort to gain a name and calling and, of course, an income for his siblings and himself.

War left him physically broken, missing a leg and gaining nightmares. Just because they didn’t call it PTSD back then, didn’t mean it didn’t exist. It just didn’t have a name and wasn’t talked about. He’s a broken man, both physically, which he handles rather well; and mentally, which he doesn’t know how to handle.

After returning home, he finds his long lost mother’s father was the Earl of Arden (his mother married beneath her for love), who has recently died. He now has a title and an old, unmaintained castle in a remote part of the highlands of Scotland. Thinking this is a good place to find the refuge and solitude he feels he needs, he sets about going there. However, his siblings insist on living with him, and he cannot deny them.

Annabel Lockhart and her younger sister Fiona were an orphaned pair. Annabel the older of the two, took care of you sister. They were raised by family, but not wanted or cared for deeply. Fiona married, and disappointed her sister by not taking her with her after her marriage. Annabel went from family member to family member, taking care of younger children, then passed on to others when no longer needed. While not necessarily abused, she wasn’t given the love of family either.

Her aunt Frances had married the Earl of Arden’s brother, but she was an actress and not liked by the Earl. However, after his brother died, he allowed her aunt to live at his old castle in the remote highlands. Learning of her aunt, she walked away one day and attempted to find her. Her aunt immediately loved her and took her in to live at the castle with her. They didn’t have much, but they made do. Annabel was a free spirit, much like her Aunt Frances. She rode old highland ponies astride, wore men’s breeches while doing it. Laughed openly, often went barefoot. All the things proper women didn’t do.

Fiona showed up on their doorstep, hiding from her abusive husband, her sweet daughter in tow. They didn’t know the old Earl had died and that their lives were about to change again.

That’s only the beginning of this masterfully told story. There is so much more to envision and enjoy, told with wonderful conversations, realistic events and promise. Can two damaged people find comfort in each other, or will their differences and issues be too much to conquer?

Prepare for a wonderfully written story, with drama, mystery, danger and all the wonder that makes a story worth telling. And yes, there will be some tears…they were mostly mine! If you love real romance and real people, you just shouldn’t miss this one.

Reviewed by Georgianna

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The Baby Bombshell by Victoria James – a Review

The Baby Bombshell by Victoria James – a Review

 

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Lily Cookson has a few rules for the New Year, the most important being don’t fall for Jack Bailey. The gorgeous, rugged man returned with a new look and a determination to win her back, catching her off guard. After a forbidden night in his arms, she vows never to let it happen again. But when morning sickness kicks in a few weeks later, Lily realizes staying away from Jack just got a whole lot harder.

Jack Bailey left Shadow Creek behind five years ago when his world imploded around him, knowing it would be best for everyone if he was gone…including Lily. It took him a long time to get his life back on track and grow into the kind of man she needs him to be. Now he’s determined to prove to Lily that he’s back for good and ready to commit, but the secrets she’s holding onto are nothing compared to the bombshell he drops…

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The Baby Bombshell by Victoria James is a well written, emotionally charged and heart-warming read.  The issues at hand for Jack and Lily are real and believable causing the emotion these characters bring to the story to just flow off the pages and into the reader.  Jack and Lily’s story had me tied up in knots, and shedding a few tears over the pain the two of them have gone through for the last five years they’ve been apart.  You can’t help but root for them and want to see them put the past to rest and be together like they were meant to be. 

“Five years, Lil.  I’ve been faithful to the memory of what we had and what we could be. There has been no one. I never stopped loving you.”

When Jack speaks these words to Lily I knew I was a goner for him, heck I was a goner for him the minute he was introduced to us in the story. There’s just something about a tortured hero I love.  However, that statement along with countless others he speaks to Lily has the reader falling deeper and deeper in love with him and wanting desperately to find out why he stayed away so long.  Once we learn the truth, and the hell Jack went through trying to deal with the death of his twin brother and nephew one fateful night, things start to fall into place for the reader.  We see more into Jack’s psyche, where his head was at, at that time, and how he was only trying to protect those he held dear.  He didn’t want to drag them down into the dark depression he found himself in, especially Lily.  Jack felt dead inside and didn’t want that for Lily, so he does what he thinks is best, leaves town to try and fix himself so he can be the man he feels Lily deserves.  As commendable and noble a gesture that is on Jack’s part, it’s also a devastating blow, filled with hurt and a feeling of abandonment on Lily’s part.  As much as I felt for Jack there were times I wanted to hit him for what he put Lily through, but I completely got where he was coming from, was able to see his side of the situation and wanted nothing more then to console him myself.  These were also the moments I wanted to shake Lily senseless and tell her to just forgive him, get the truth from him and end his suffering.  However, it’s easy to see her side of the story too, feeling left behind and abandoned by the man she loves and wanted forever with.  It’s as plain as day that these two are meant to be, that there is no one else for either of them.  It isn’t until Jack completely opens himself up to Lily, baring his soul through the letters he wrote her over the last five years that helped him get through his depression that Lily finally sees where Jack’s head was at, at that time, and the flood gates opened up on me.  No dry eyes at this point.  His letters are poignant, heartfelt, honest, and full of every ounce of emotion he was going through in his healing process to get back to her.  The emotional journey he went on to find his was back to Lily is heart wrenching, yet full of love, compassion, and loyalty.  Jack truly loves Lily and won’t ever be complete without her.  He makes for one very swoon-worthy tortured hero.

Victoria James has once again written another winner and delivered on this one. Even though she had me in a constant state of emotional overload, there were also some cute, funny and charming scenes to balance out the emotional upheaval the characters were dealing with. 

The Baby Bombshell is a well written story, with a solid, real-life plot, brought to life by two solid and believable characters in Jack and Lily.  It’s also a story of loss both in love and through death, despair and depression but finding the strength to battle back and be with the one you were meant to be with, and getting that second chance at love.  Just make sure you have a box of Kleenex on hand for this one, because you will more then likely need it.

Until next time, happy reading everyone!!

Reviewed by Marcie

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