Overdrive

Hello dear readers and thank you to Kelsey for hosting the Calhouns on your blog.

Juanita Kees at Count’s Kustoms

Hello dear readers and thank you to Kelsey for hosting the Calhouns on your blog.

The idea for Calhoun Customs Garage was born out of my love for NASCAR and programs like Counting Cars, Overhaulin’ and West Coast Customs. The people behind the scenes of these television shows are passionate about what they do. Often, the business is a family affair, like Orange County Choppers, for example. And, like the Teutul family,where there is passion there is bound to be drama, conflict and a romance or two.

The over-arching plot of the series is set around the importance of family. Marty Calhoun has Parkinson’s Disease and he knows he only has a small window in which to reunite his scattered family. Two of his sons, Chase and Carter have stayed in Bigfork, Montana while the other three have drifted away from the town. He’d like to have them all home again and settled before his time runs out.

Chase, being the eldest, is the first sibling I tackled in book 1, Overdrive. He’s a workaholic with no time to date, let alone fall in love. Ha! That’s what he thought 😊. Along comes Charlotte (Charlie) Jackson, outrunning her rebellious past and finding shelter in the attic above the garage. The two lovers take a bumpy ride together on the road to their happy-ever-after.

Goodreads reviewer, Isha, had this to say about Overdrive: “Steers full throttle through life, love and redemption to find a home within your heart. I hope you’ll fall in love with the men, women and children of Calhoun Customs Garage. 

I would recommend that the books are read in order of release as you will also meet Mason in book 1, and the lead up to his story in book 3, Burnout, is littered throughout the first two releases. Book 2, Fast Lane is due for release on July 23rd, 2019. Happy reading!

Excerpt:

Long eyelashes brushed her cheeks in sleep. Lips made for kissing parted on the soft rhythm of her breathing. She most definitely didn’t look like a criminal on the run. Just a tired young mother. An extraordinarily beautiful Sleeping Beauty like the one in the fairy tales his mom used to read to Grace. If he were that prince, he’d happily kiss her awake.

The baby let out a wail that killed any remotely romantic ideas forming in his mind. Green eyes fluttered open, muddled with sleep. She pushed herself up on her elbow and paused as if orientating herself to her surroundings before reaching for the bundle in the basket.

“Hey, baby. Is it feeding time already? Hush now.” She cuddled the baby to her, making cooing noises that made Chase wish he was the one she held in her arms.

He waited in the shadows until the baby had settled and the hum of infant noises and soothing lullabies filled the air. It reminded him of a long time ago when his mom’s soft singing had flowed through the attic space at night. There was something exceptionally beautiful about the bond between mother and baby, a sight he was more than happy to enjoy now that he knew he wasn’t imagining things. 

He let his words drift quietly into the almost-silence. “So that’s what happened to my chicken salad sandwich.”

With love comes a little overhauling …

Ex NASCAR race king, Marty Calhoun, has built a legacy for his family, and now it’s time to round them up and bring them home to claim it. Each of his five children have hearts in need of overhauling. They all have hard lessons to learn. The one thing Marty wants most is to see his children find happiness and love at Calhoun Customs Garage.

OVERDRIVE

Chase Calhoun has worked hard at making Calhoun Customs a world-wide sensation and keeping his father’s dream alive. He hasn’t had time to think about settling down, so he’s not expecting to find love or new life hiding in the attic of their garage among the ghosts of his family’s past.

Charlotte Jackson is on the run from a rebellious past, determined to prove she can be a good mom to three-month-old baby, Zoe. Tired of being delegated to the back office of the racing team her famous NASCAR family owns, she sets out to establish herself as a custom design artist. But she’s out of money, luck and time, and she can’t hide in the attic at Calhoun Customs forever.

While Chase slowly loses his heart to his refrigerator thief and the baby bundle asleep in his laundry basket, Charlotte learns that sometimes family is more than just blood and DNA.

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Finding love and hope in small towns with dark secrets …

Juanita escapes the real world by reading and writing romance novels with elements of suspense, Fantasy Paranormal and smalltown stories. Her romance novels star spirited heroines who give the hero a run for his money before giving in. She creates emotionally engaging worlds steeped in romance, suspense, mystery and intrigue, set in dusty, rural outback Australia and on the NASCAR racetracks of America. When she’s not writing, Juanita is mother to three grown boys and has a passion for fast cars and country living.

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On the Market

Valerie Perry has just inherited her grandmother’s home in Last Stand, Texas, a far cry in the country from her city life as an organic grocery buyer in San Antonio. Her methodical daily routine suits her just fine, so she aims to freshen up the property, sell it, and take her funds back to the city. She’s only got two weeks during her vacation to make this happen. Now is the time to cash in and get out.

The oldest Hutchinson son, who people around town know as “Hutch,” is a third generation local who is poised to take over the family business with his brother, Cole. The barbeque brothers have very different ideas about the future of their restaurant, “The Hut.” Just when he thought his biggest headache was his job, Hutch meets Valerie and both their worlds are upended. He’s drawn to this fish out of water, but Valerie’s time in Last Stand has an expiration date.

Their sweet and saucy styles don’t mix, but can they both find the recipe to a happy future?

On the Market by Audrey Wick is now available! Order your ebook or paperback copy now HERE.

Match-Made Christmas

The 4th of July isn’t the only holiday this month. Christmas just is just around the corner and author Daria White is making sure everyone has a happy holiday with her new book, Match Made Christmas.

From the outside, Adrienne has everything any woman could want. However, she knows what real happiness is, and it isn’t having a good job and a condominium. Traveling home to her small Texas town for a friend’s wedding, Adrienne is hit from all sides with the happiness she hasn’t found for herself—her long-married parents, her joyful sister and brother-in-law and their two children, and her childhood friends. They all think she has it all… all except one.

Trace has been a nemesis since grade school. Always ready with a quip and happy to squabble over even the smallest thing, Adrienne dreaded seeing him when she came back for the wedding. So why does it seem like Trace is the only one who really knows her, who sees her for who she is?

Losing his parents to a plane crash and his uncle to cancer, Trace is not too keen on losing anyone else close to him. If only she didn’t skip town after graduation. He didn’t have time to tell her how he felt. There was a reason behind all his teasing. He loved their banters. It meant spending time with her. He could hear her voice. Now she’s back, but her leaving is inevitable. He’d have to risk his heart by asking her to stay. He can’t take another loss.

Working to save their friends’ wedding brings Adrienne and Trace together. The clock is ticking, and it’s the worst blizzard Lakeshore, Texas has seen in years. Will these two match their friends or end up matched themselves?


Daria White was also kind enough to share a brief expert, just to give you a taste of her work…

Adrienne drummed her fingers against her writing desk, willing time to slow down. Today marked her last day to spend in Los Angeles, her adopted home. It was the last day to enjoy the serenity of her quiet author’s life before going home to… Lakeshore, Texas. 

She recalled Milly’s Coffee House, with colorful and welcoming displays in the storefront windows. Lakeshore’s streetlights and single-lane traffic with faded pavement markings filled her mind, and she faintly heard the chimes ringing as the doors would open. She couldn’t walk down the tree-lined sidewalk without someone waving, despite the uneven ground when walking over cracked pavement. How did she define her hometown? Fresh flowers and sunshine, especially in the spring and summer.

How long did she avoid going home? Too long, as her mother loved telling her. Then again, could anyone blame her? Her last memory of Lakeshore… not a pleasant one, but still she missed it. 

I really don’t want to go back… Stop it. She admonished herself, knowing she couldn’t miss her best friend’s wedding. Paige would never forgive her. Still, it wouldn’t be easy going home. 

Her cell rang. Speak of the devil.

“Hi Paige,” Adrienne greeted.                                                             

“Please tell me you’ll be here this weekend,” her best friend pleaded.

“I promised you already,” she assured her. “Are you okay? Do you need chocolate?”

Paige moaned. “Why Adrienne? You know I’m trying to lose these last five pounds. Chocolate is not part of my diet.”

Adrienne giggled. “Sorry, I didn’t mean to put the idea in your head. Why did you go on a diet again? You look amazing.”

“I want everything to be perfect.”

Adrienne smiled to herself. Paige’s perfectionism could be both a blessing and a curse. She could hear the stress brimming in her friend’s voice.

 “Calm down,” she coaxed. “By this time next year, you and Eric will be married.”

Her friend agreed. “Yeah, he’s great.”

“There you go, focus on that and everything will work itself out.”

“How do you always know what to say to calm me down?” Paige said.

Adrienne chuckled. “You’re my best friend, remember? At least for now. That’ll probably change after the wedding.”

“Don’t say that,” Paige objected. “You will always be my best friend. You’re more like a sister to me.”

Adrienne pressed her lips together, embarrassed at letting her insecurity show. “You’re a sister to me too,” she said, but the comment already left her lips. 

“Are you sure you’ll be okay?” Paige asked. “You know with… Trace—”

“I’m not even thinking about him,” Adrienne cut in, hoping to staunch any talk of her childhood enemy. Well, not quite an enemy. She and Trace never had a conversation without arguing at some point. “It’s been years and I’m sure I’ll be fine.”

“Are you sure it won’t be awkward?”

“It won’t. We’re both grown and I’m not going to have any problems at your wedding.”

“I don’t understand why you two never hooked up,” Paige pointed out to her.

Adrienne choked. “What!”

“Yeah, I always thought you two would finally realize how you feel.”

“That will not happen. There’s too much history with us and we don’t know—I mean—I’m fine and when the right guy comes along, I’ll know.”

“Even if it’s Trace?”

Adrienne rolled her eyes. “Paige.”

She giggled. “Kidding.”

“Concentrate on you and Eric and the wedding of your dreams.”

“I know it will be fine, but the process is so overwhelming.”

“I’ll be there before you know it. We’ll get through it together like we always do,” she beamed, relieved the subject changed.

“Okay, I trust you. I can’t wait to see you.”

Adrienne replied, “Me too. I’ll talk to you later.”

“Love you, bestie.”

“Love you.” 

Adrienne ended the call, already regretting the days ahead. I haven’t seen Trace in years. Did he look the same? The Trace she remembered made her swoon with his scintillating smile, and…


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Daria White knew she wanted to be an author from a young age and published her first holiday-themed work in 2013. She never thought she could make a career out of publishing until her father pushed her to take a chance on her dream. Now she focuses on sweet romances, but has plans to expand to new genres for future pieces.

When not writing, she enjoys watching movies, cooking, strengthening her bond with God, and listening to music.

Meet Audrey Wick

Audrey Wick is an academic and romance author who was kind enough to answer a few questions about her life, writing, and her newest book and she awaits its release. Audrey Wick is a full-time English professor at Blinn College in Texas. Her writing has appeared in college textbooks published by Cengage Learning and W. W. Norton as well as in The Houston ChronicleThe Chicago TribuneThe Orlando Sentinel, and various literary journals. Audrey believes the secret to happiness includes lifelong learning and good stories. But travel and coffee help. She has journeyed to over twenty countries—and sipped coffee at every one.

Enjoying a Harry Potter-inspired cold coffee drink.

You’re quite the traveler—almost twenty countries where you’ve “sipped coffee at every one.” As a fellow coffee lover, I have to ask, which place has the best brew?

Costa Rican coffee has been my favorite. I even toured a coffee plantation while I was there. But, truly, good coffee can be found anywhere. Hot or iced, it’s a beverage that makes me happy.

Egypt: Heading inside the Egyptian Museum in Cairo to explore treasures of the ancient world.

Have any of your travels inspired any of your books?

While I write primarily in Texas settings, statewide traveling as well as international traveling have provided inspiration for many of the scenarios, character traits, and even phrasing that I use. For me, life and writing intertwine. 

 

Taking it easy on a boat ride near Chang Mai in Thailand.

You’re not only a published romance author, but an academic who has written for textbooks. How is it to write two such wildly different things? And do you prefer one to the other?

Academic writing and creative writing are, indeed, completely different worlds. But I find that, no matter what I write, I want to connect with readers. So whether I’m sharing a teaching tip with higher education colleagues or creating dialogue to entertain fiction readers, I try to do that. 

Filming some writing videos for college students and showing off my trusty book bag.

What are your top “must read” books for this summer?

This has been a great year for fiction! A good beach read is MONTAUK, a women’s fiction debut by Nicola Harrison that released in June. Jamie Brenner’s DRAWING HOME is also on my list because I enjoyed her previous books. On the romance side, I’m looking forward to GAME ON in Joanne Rock’s Texas Playmaker series (which is also set in Last Stand) that releases in August. Finally, since I’m traveling to Sweden this summer, I plan to read more Fredrik Backman. 

Now that you know a little bit about Audrey Wick, let’s get to know her newest book On the Market, Texas BBQ Brothers. Book 1, which releases on July 11th and is available for preorder HERE.

Valerie Perry has just inherited her grandmother’s home in Last Stand, Texas, a far cry in the country from her city life as an organic grocery buyer in San Antonio. Her methodical daily routine suits her just fine, so she aims to freshen up the property, sell it, and take her funds back to the city. She’s only got two weeks during her vacation to make this happen. Now is the time to cash in and get out.

The oldest Hutchinson son, who people around town know as “Hutch,” is a third generation local who is poised to take over the family business with his brother, Cole. The barbeque brothers have very different ideas about the future of their restaurant, “The Hut.” Just when he thought his biggest headache was his job, Hutch meets Valerie and both their worlds are upended. He’s drawn to this fish out of water, but Valerie’s time in Last Stand has an expiration date.

Their sweet and saucy styles don’t mix, but can they both find the recipe to a happy future?You’re based in Texas, was that helpful in writing On the Market?

Absolutely! Place is an important part of fiction writing for me, and I love being able to add descriptive elements of a location that I know and love.

Barbecue is a big part of Hutch’s family and they have some strong opinions on how to do things when it comes to their food. Do you have a favorite barbecue place or sauce?

In Texas, there are so many great barbeque markets that the statewide lifestyle magazine Texas Monthly has a whole issue devoted to it. Readers who don’t subscribe can check out this website: https://www.texasmonthly.com/bbq-home/. I interviewed the pitmaster at Prause’s Meat Market in La Grange to help ensure accuracy of details in the book. Prause’s has been profiled in Texas Monthly, and their brisket and sausage are among the best in the state. I highly recommend!

Hutch is a BBQ king from Last Stand, Texas and Valerie is a vegetarian with no interest in the small town. What is it about opposites attracting that’s so fun to read?

Whether in romance or women’s fiction, I enjoy reading about relationships. The “opposites attract” trope is one that provides built-in conflict, but can also be handled playfully. That’s the approach I use in ON THE MARKET to create an entertaining push-and-pull dynamic between my hero and heroine.  

Do you have small character bios for Hutch and Valerie?

Hutch is a third generation Last Stand local who believes in honest work and doing right by others. As co-owner of The Hut, he aims to continue his family’s legacy in offering quality food in a traditional barbeque market setting. 

Valerie is a city girl from San Antonio who inherits her grandmother’s bungalow in Last Stand. She feels like a fish out of water, especially when she’s tasked with renovations that go awry, thanks in part to Hutch. 

Their sweet and saucy styles don’t initially mix, but they ultimately find the perfect recipe for happiness. 

Last Stand, Texas is a fictional town created by Tule Publishing, where authors come together to build a world. How is it to write your own stories in a town where readers look forward to “character sightings” and familiar places? 

This is the first multi-author project in which I’ve been involved, and the energy of writing, creating, and sharing ideas for a place is contagious. I hope readers get as invested in this place as the authors are. Last Stand is a great place to be!

Off the Market, book two of the Texas Barbecue Brothers series is currently in the works. Can you give us any information on that?

OFF THE MARKET is the duet book to ON THE MARKET, where readers get to follow younger brother Cole Hutchinson. Whereas his older brother is a traditionalist, Cole takes a more modern approach to running The Hut. The barbeque brothers continue to clash, but there are also some sweet surprises in Cole’s romantic future . . . That story releases August 13, which will be a perfect way for readers to slide out of summer.

When you’re done in Last Stand, Texas, what’s next for you?

I hope NOT to be done in Last Stand, Texas! It’s a wonderful fictional town that’s ripe for lots more stories . . . so stay tuned!


That’s it for my little chat with Audrey Wick! I know this isn’t the last we’ve seen of her, or her Texas BBQ Brothers.

Introducing Mia Hayes

On this blog, we love new authors, whether they be publishing their debut novels, or are just new to us! So today, I wanted to highlight Mia Hayes, a romance, mystery, and thriller author who is no stranger to the world of writing a good book.

Mia lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, children, and cats. When she’s not writing, she’s practicing yoga, traveling, or drinking ridiculous amounts of green tea. 
She’s been known to eavesdrop a time or two. 

Sometimes, the people who seem the happiest have the most to hide.

But it’s imperative Elizabeth put on a brave face. So when she’s not going to Costco or day drinking with her best friend, she’s trying to create a new, drama-free life in the suburbs. 

And it seems to work – until an anonymous gossip blog begins spilling the women of Waterford’s darkest secrets.
Now, the blurred conversations and blank spots in Elizabeth’s mind give way to panic and anxiety. If her secrets – like a hospitalization for bipolar disorder and a suicide attempt – don’t stay buried, she faces social shunning. 
Because after all, life in Waterford must look Instagram perfect at all times.
With her mental health in tatters and her marriage on the brink of imploding, Elizabeth fights to protect her family, her reputation, and her sanity.

The Secrets We Keep is available HERE


Then: Ellison Brooks – PTA President, real estate agent extraordinaire, and Head Bitch in Charge with endless friends and parties to attend.

Now: Ellison Brooks – divorced, single mother of two, financially reliant on her awful ex-husband, and utterly lacking self-confidence.

One month after her divorce is final, Ellison’s ex-husband marries the woman he left her for, sending Ellison spiraling into despair. Her friends have abandoned her, her job is in the tank, and she’s lonely for human connection.

The woman who once had everything now does little more than drink wine and focus on the time she has with her kids. She’s a mess and has no idea how to fix herself.

But then Ellison meets Luke, an intriguing stranger who is only in town for the weekend. Determined to break out of her rut, Ellison jumps at the chance for a hot, one-night stand. When it’s over, she walks away from Mr. One Night Only with no idea how to ever reach him again… 

…Until the first day of school when Luke turns out to be her son’s new teacher. Despite their electric connection, Luke is off-limits according to school board rules and everyone around Ellison. But she just can’t stay away.

As the town of Waterford buzzes about her possible romance, Ellison tries to figure out how to navigate the bitchy world of frenemies, town gossips, and a petty ex-husband while piecing herself back together.

All the Broken Pieces is available HERE

If you can’t be you, who can you be?

That’s the question Veronica White asks herself in the wake of her husband’s very public affair. For years, she’s been known as the prettiest member of the Bitch Brigade and Pete’s wife, and she has used social media to present her messy life as picture perfect.

But those days are over.

Leaving her Waterford life behind, Veronica lands in Marrakech, Morocco. There, she plans to regroup and convince everyone she’s having the time of her life without Pete. First step: post endless fun pictures on Instagram. She believes that if she can convince others she’s okay, then maybe the embarrassment will cease.

Enter Oz, an engaging young man who is traveling the world and chasing the endless summer. He regales Veronica with stories of his adventures, and intrigued, she throws caution to the wind and joins him on a trip to the Sahara Desert. Soon, Veronica finds herself following Oz to Croatia and France, where, with Oz’s support, she tries reinventing herself.

As she grows closer to Oz, Veronica realizes she’s not the only one pretending, and that sometimes what we want to see gets in the way of reality.

Picture Perfect Lies is available HERE

To learn more about Mia Hayes, visit her on all her social media platforms.

Instagram: Instagram.com/miahayesauthor
Facebook: Facebook.com/miahayesauthor
Twitter: Twitter.com/novahousewife

Secrets of a Highland Warrior

Hot Highlander alert! I’m always pumped to read a book based in my favorite country, so when Nicole Locke told me about Secrets of a Highland Warrior, I was totally on board.

  • Genre: Historical Romance
  • Heat Level: ❤️❤️❤️❤️
  • Overall Rating: 6/6 Glass Slippers

The year is 1293 and Rory Lochmore is the son of the chief of Clan Lochmore. Their lands are separated from the McCrieff’s by a single stream, one too thin to keep them from constantly drawing their swords. Rory is eager to prove his worth yet again by claiming the land given to them by the king, but a pair of deep, green eyes catch him off guard. Yet he’s not one to be swayed by a pretty face, until he’s made an offer he can’t refuse.

Ailsa McCrieff is the healer for her clan and the daughter of the next chief. When her father inherits the title, he’ll also be inheriting generations of hatred between the McCrieffs and the Lochmores, but he has a plan to mend the strife…have Ailsa marry Rory. She’s horrified at the thought of being tied to a savage, despite his handsomeness, but she knows it could be the only way to save lives.

There’s nothing more then animosity and physical attraction between them, not a great start to a marriage. But the fates of both their clans rest on their shoulders and only a wedding will stop the bloodshed. Can they come together to make a true match, or are they doomed to lives of misery?

While this is book four in the Lochmore Legacy Series, it’s the only book I’ve read. While I did feel that I missed out on some backstory and a few tidbits what would have made reading much smoother, it wasn’t anything crazy. I would suggest starting with book one, as you should with all good series, but I enjoyed myself immensely, even by starting at the end.

Ailsa was a fantastic character. Her tongue was just as sharp as the shears she used for cutting herbs and she wasn’t one to be meek and obey. She’s really makes the marriage happen by seeing Rory see reason and I liked how she wasn’t just a swooning lass. Their relationship was also a pleasure to follow, as they went through not only newlywed growing pains, but found a way to trust that the other wouldn’t stab them in their sleep!

I also found the historical side to be very believable. If you’re not familiar with me, or the blog, you won’t know that I’m a historian and nothing ruins a historical book for me than blatant mess ups. For example, many people will write books set in Scotland and throw kilts around like confetti, despite using the wrong tartan or having the time period set before kilts were even a thing! It’s silly, but having Locke not throw Rory into a kilt was fabulous.

Overall, I enjoyed this book immensely and recommend it to all historical romance lovers.

Precious Bones

Irina Shapiro has captivated me since the first book in her Echoes from the Past series. When she told me about her book Precious Bones, I knew I was in for yet another fantastic ride. And, as always, I wasn’t the least bit disappointed.

  • Genre: Historical/Contemporary Romantic Mystery/Thriller
  • Heat Level: ❤️❤️
  • Story Rating; 6/6 Glass Slippers
  • Narration Rating: 6/6 Glass Slippers

When a body is found in an old Tudor house in London, successful author Cassandra is stunned at her reaction to the skeletal remains. She’s brought to tears by the news report, although the death would have taken place hundreds of years before. Her boyfriend doesn’t understand her fascination with the story, and as she begins to write a tale based on the Tudor house she buys impulsively, she unravels a tale that’s almost too close to home.

Constance is a Catholic in the time of Queen Elizabeth II, making her very religion dangerous to publicly claim. While her brother prepares to marry and her little sister flirts with a highborn man, she’s left wondering what her role is in a world where women don’t have many choices. A brief encounter with a spy leaves her rattled and she embarks on a journey of secret letters, arrests, and a marriage to the man she least expects.

While Cassandra reveals more of Constance’s life through her writing, her own life spirals out of control. She begins to question her own sanity and the realness of her haunting visions.

As in her Echoes from the Past series, she blends the past and present to perfection in a way I didn’t expect. Both time frames hold enough drama, intrigue, and romance to be books in their own right. I was hooked from the first page and the non-stop twists left me on the edge of my seat. Waiting to see how the lives of such different women turned out was nearly torture!

I enjoyed the parallel timelines. The fantasy aspects weren’t overdone and I felt as if everything that happened in Cassandra’s story was completely believable. Her emotions were real and her reactions to things were easy to relate to. I hope there’s more of her story one day.

I’ve never listened to anything narrated by Verity Burns, but I thoroughly enjoyed her work with this book. She had different inflections when reading for Constance and Cassandra, making it clear what time period the story was in. She’s very talented and I know this won’t be the last of her work I’ll listen to.

Overall, I’m thrilled with my latest Irina Shapiro book. I highly recommend it to all book lovers, no matter their favorite genre.

Sweetpea

Craving something dreadfully dark and fearfully funny? I just finished Sweet Pea by C.J. Skuse.

  • Overall Rating: 6/6 Bloody Glass Slippers
  • Genre: Psychological Thriller/Comedy

There are few things in life Rhiannon truly loves. In no particular order, it’s her chihuahua Tink, her collection of Sylvanian families, and the feeling of blood on her hands. No, she doesn’t think she’s a complete psycho. After all, a Buzzfeed quiz said she doesn’t hit all the marks. Besides, is she really a psychopath when she only goes after sex offenders? It’s just community service.

On the outside, she lives a charmed life, despite the viral news story that shot her into fame as a child. She lives with her handy boyfriend in a nice apartment. Her job is good enough for someone without a fantastic education, and she gets on well with some of her coworkers. But when her mask slips and she forgets to pretend to be like them, more than one person becomes suspicious about who and what she really is.

Unlike when I write summaries for romances, this one was a little tricky. Rhiannon is a multilayered character who doesn’t always have a plan. She tells her own story through hilarious pop culture references with a matter of fact tone that makes it difficult to tell if she’s being serious. But Rhiannon doesn’t know how to be anything but.

Before reading the book, you think you’ll never side with a killer. But something about Rhiannon is charming and terribly likable. That’s what the experts say about psychos like Ted Bundy. Though if you ask Rhiannon, she’ll say she’s nothing like Bundy. She hasn’t been caught.

Time for me to start book two.

The Marriage Rescue

Joanna Johnson is a brand new Harlequin author who’s bringing the drama with her first novel release, The Marriage Rescue.

  • Genre: Historical Romance
  • Heat Level: ❤️❤️
  • Overall Rating: 6/6 Glass Slippers

Selina Agres hasn’t lived an easy life the past twelve years. A member of the Romani, she was born into a world that sees her as less than, and is constantly reminded of it. She detests the English Gentry and blames them in part for her mother’s death. And years later, when they return to the cursed land, Selina is again in danger and only sees one way out of it, by way of a choice given to her by a member of the Gentry she has sworn to hate forever.

Edward Fulbrooke of Blackwell Hall must marry, despite his feelings on the matter. The society ladies that have been pushed into his path are far more interested in his station than him, something his calculating uncle Charles bets on. If Edward doesn’t take a wife soon, the estate will belong to Charles. But neither man expected a blast from the past in the form of a mysterious young woman dropping from a tree.

The pair met as children, their interaction leaving no mark but a scar on his cheek and the whisper of a memory. Years later, their worlds collide once again, resulting in a mutually beneficial marriage that sets off a chain reaction neither expects. But as their farce deepens, will it be enough to heal old wounds?

I adore the amount of research Johnson put into writing this book, especially when it comes to the Roma people. Some authors give a Romani character a crystal ball and BAM they’re a gypsy. That’s not how cultural identity works and it’s very refreshing to see how Johnson didn’t run along with stereotypes and really dove into what made the Romani so unique. It gave Selina a new edge not seen in some historicals.

I also want to say that I really like this cover. Does the man look a wee bit familiar? The model’s made the rounds on a few books now, and in the reader world, he’s basically Jamie Fraser from Outlander’s twin, making this book a lovely addiction to any bookshelf! But I digress.

Edward is adorable and Selina is sweet and smart as a whip. Together, they’re romantic perfection that any reader would fall in love with. The slow burn of their relationship was easy and natural. Nothing felt forced or out of place between them and you really root for the pair to fall in love. So if you’re looking for an indulgent romance to curl up with, look no further!

New Addition- Christmas is Coming in November

Kelsey and I have a big announcement to make! In November 2019, our newest book, Cupid Claus is set for release. It’s a lighthearted romance about what happens when Mrs. Claus, Cupid, and Mother Nature try to find a wife for Mrs. Claus’ son.

This is our second joint venture and it’s sure to put you in the holiday mood. What we love about this book is that it reaches out to the young lovers learning to trust each other, and their parents learning about love after child raising.

Remember…A book is better when you have someone to share it with

Love Sarah and Kelsey