Sunny Shelly’s Review: Piece Of My Heart, by Nicole Jacquelyn

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From the author of Unbreak My Heart comes a heart-wrenching story about a young married couple’s struggle to find their way back to each other after an unbearable loss threatens to tear them apart. Nicole Jacquelyn delivers a novel that will break your heart…in all the best ways.
Alex Evans is cool. Collected. Charismatic as hell. But when he meets Sarai Levy, all that chill goes right out the door. An Israeli graduate student, Sarai’s far too busy with school to date. But she gives Alex a chance anyway, and after a few whirlwind months, they’re getting married. They’ve heard all the reasons why it’s too soon, but Alex and Sarai are madly in love and determined to make it work . . . until a devastating tragedy strikes and their perfect world comes crashing down.
Sarai, who always has a plan, suddenly has no blueprint for handling a staggering loss. As she pulls away from Alex and withdraws from her life, he’s struggling to be the man she needs. Their relationship is fraying at the seams, and if Alex and Sarai don’t find a way to trust each other with their most painful truths, their heartache could shatter their fairytale romance.

Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars

Piece Of My Heart is a drama-filled romance that will make you cry, but make you smile at the end. It’s love at first sight for Alex, but Sarai makes him work for it, and things don’t come easy for them.

They love each other immensely, but the relationship puts Sarai at odds with her aunt and uncle (who raised her) since Alex is not Jewish. A tragic event puts another wedge in their relationship as regret, blame and depression takes hold. Ultimately, Alex and Sarai are able to work their way back to one another, but it’s a long and winding road.

Unbreak My Heart (Fostering Live #1) is one of my favorite books, a story that I reread often. I haven’t read the others in this series yet, but the bar was set pretty high for Alex and Sarai. While I didn’t absolutely love it the way that I did Unbreak, it is still a fantastic story with rich characters, real-life situations and the hard work it takes to make a marriage work. And I loved getting to catch up with the other family members.

I received an advanced copy via Netgalley and the publisher and voluntarily left a review.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: It’s Not Over, by Kaylee Ryan & Lacey Black

 

Title: It’s Not Over
Authors: Kaylee Ryan & Lacey Black
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 23, 2019

 

Blurb
GwenLately, life definitely isn’t how I envisioned it. I had it all. The house, the
job, the husband. Until one day, I didn’t. I don’t know when exactly things
started to change between us, only that it did, and in a big way. So much so, I
found myself standing before a judge and signing off on the end of my marriage.
To the only man, I’ve ever loved.

Now, he’s back, fighting, and ready to prove to me that we made a mistake, that
our love is worth giving this another chance. I’m not sure if he’s right, but I
know what my heart wants, and it wants him. My ex-husband.
Harrison

Why is it that you don’t know the depths of your mistakes until you’ve already
made them? I knew signing those papers was a bad idea, but I thought that’s
what she wanted. The minute we stepped foot out of that courtroom, it hit me.
She’s no longer mine.

That’s when I also realized, that I would do anything to change the past. I
have so many regrets. Not her. I could never regret her, but how we ended. We
never should have ended. I’m in for the battle of my life to convince her to
give us another shot. I have a plan, one that will prove to her that, it’s not
over.

Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars

It’s Not Over is a wonderful second-chance romance featuring a divorced couple. Harrison and Gwen’s marriage ended not because they stopped loving each other or because one of them cheated, but because they stopped communicating and making each other a priority.

Divorce was the last thing that Harrison wanted, but he’s do anything for Winnie… even granting her the divorce he doesn’t want. The feelings still run deep between them, and they commemorate the end of their marriage by sleeping together.

After the fact, Harrison vows to win his wife back. When he finds out that Winnie was in a car accident — and she’s pregnant — he has even more reason to put his wife and child above all else in his life.

There is a nice arc as they date again, learn to put one another first again. Harrison is absolutely devoted to Winnie and the baby, and it’s so sweet. There is a bit of drama at the hands of a flirty coworker, and a smidge of mystery. I really love the love/hate between her sister Gaby and his best friend Chase, and hope that there is a story coming for them!!

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

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Kaylee Ryan is a
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Born and raised an Ohio girl, Kaylee resides in Cincinnati with her husband and
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Lacey Black is a Midwestern girl with a passion for reading and writing.
She carries her e-reader with her everywhere she goes so she never misses an
opportunity to read a few pages. Always looking for a happily ever after, Lacey
is passionate about contemporary romance novels and enjoys it further when you
mix in a little suspense. She resides in a small town in Illinois with her
husband, two children, and a chocolate lab. Lacey loves shooting guns and
should only consume one mixed drink because she’s a lightweight.

 

Sunny Shelly’s Review: Operation Bailey Wedding, by Piper Rayne

 

No one could have guessed a
marriage could sprout from a one-night stand, but Holly Radcliffe and Austin
Bailey appear to be written in the stars. From the backseat of Austin’s Jeep to
the altar they come. The town of Lake Starlight along with the Bailey’s are
prepping for the event of the year, but as usual things never go smoothly with
these nine siblings and let’s not forget Grandma Dori! 
This is a novella in the Bailey series!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars

This novella is a perfect hold-over in the Bailey Siblings series until the next full-length book is released.

It’s set in the days leading up to Austin and Holly’s wedding, but I love the multiple POVs we get with the different characters. The story is short and sweet — I read it in a single sitting — but it’s full of all the heart and humor and zany antics that I’ve come to love from Piper Rayne’s Bailey siblings!

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

 

 

 
 
Piper
Rayne, or Piper and Rayne, whichever you prefer because we’re not one author,
we’re two. Yep, you get two USA Today Bestselling authors for the price of one.
Our goal is to bring you romance stories that have “Heartwarming Humor
With a Side of Sizzle” (okay…you caught us, that’s our tagline). A
little about us… We both have kindle’s full of one-clickable books. We’re
both married to husbands who drive us to drink. We’re both chauffeurs to our
kids. Most of all, we love hot heroes and quirky heroines that make us laugh,
and we hope you do, too.

 

 

Sunny Shelly’s Review: Making Up, by Helena Hunting

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Cosy Felton is great at her job—she knows just how to handle the awkwardness that comes with working at an adult toy store. So when the hottest guy she’s ever seen walks into the shop looking completely overwhelmed, she’s more than happy to turn on the charm and help him purchase all of the items on his list.

Griffin Mills is using his business trip in Las Vegas as a chance to escape the broken pieces of his life in New York City. The last thing he wants is to be put in charge of buying gag gifts for his friend’s bachelor party. Despite being totally out of his element, and mortified by the whole experience, Griffin is pleasantly surprised when he finds himself attracted to the sales girl that helped him.

As skeptical as Cosy may be of Griffin’s motivations, there’s something about him that intrigues her. But sometimes what happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas and when real life gets in the way, all bets are off. Filled with hilariously awkward situations and enough sexual chemistry to power Sin City, Making Up is the next standalone in the Shacking Up world.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4Stars

Try to not adore Griffin and Cosy when you read Making Up! They are so cute together and their meet-cute in the sex toy shop where Cosy works is hysterical!

Griffin is all kinds of awkward around Cosy, which is not at all how I expected him to be considering who he is: heir to the Mills Hotel dynasty. If you’ve read some of the previous books in this series, we have met him before. But Making Up reads as a true standalone, and his story with Cosy is self-contained. Cosy, meanwhile, is a great combination of sweetness and sass. Together, they are absolute magic and I connected immediately with them as a couple, rooting for the college student and wealthy hotel exec to make things work.

The 11-year age difference between them does come into play a few times through the course of their relationship, and it’s interesting to see that Cosy is the one who makes the more mature deisions. Especially when there is some OW drama that occurs, thanks to Griffin’s ex-fiancee, Imogen. (Oh my goodness, what a bee that woman is!)

We get some appearances from Bane and Lex, the other Milles brothers from some previous Shacking Up books, and spend some time with cousin Lincoln. (I can’t wait for his story!) Overall, Making Up is an an absolute delight! I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

Excerpt:

We’re a couple of minutes away from my apartment, which also means we’re almost at the end of our date. End-of-date protocol often means a goodnight kiss.

And I’ve eaten onions. Lots of them. What the hell was I thinking? I feel around in my shorts pocket, hoping I have a random stick of gum. I find a tiny square packet and pull it out, along with an old tissue. I shove that back in my pocket and sigh with relief as I carefully open the Listerine Pocketpak. There’s one strip left. I pop it in my mouth, wishing I had water since my mouth is dry and I’m suddenly super nervous.

Griffin pulls up in front of my apartment building. I swallow a bunch of times, trying to get the strip to dissolve on my tongue and glance out the tinted window, seeing it from his perspective. I don’t live in a bad part of town, but I sure as hell wouldn’t leave this car sitting out here for any length of time unless I wanted it keyed or stripped down.

Griffin shifts into park and turns to me, one hand resting on the back of my seat near the headrest. “I had a great time, Cosy.”

“Me too, thanks for dinner.” I tried to fork over my share, but he was quick on the credit card draw.

“It was my pleasure.” He leans in the tiniest bit, a nonverbal cue that he’s going in for a kiss.

I mirror the movement, giving him the go ahead. My stomach flutters in anticipation. I exhale slowly through my nose. Even though the Listerine strip should be doing its job to mask the onions, I don’t want to ruin the moment by breathing that in his face.

His fingertips skim my jaw, and I close my eyes. And then his lips brush my cheek. I wait for them to move a couple of inches to the right, but after what feels like a lot of seconds—and is probably only a few—I crack a lid.

Griffin is still close, a wry smile on his lips and a smolder in his eyes.

“Seriously, that’s it? A kiss on the cheek?”

His smile widens, making his eyes crinkle at the corners. He’s nothing like the guys I usually end up on dates with. College boys don’t take things slow. If I were out with one of the guys from school, I’d be sitting in a beat-up Civic with some stupid music playing, and he’d be all over me with his tongue halfway down my throat, copping a feel.

“I thought all the onions you ate were the equivalent to garlic for vampires.” Griffin fingers my hair near my shoulder. I’d really like him to finger something else. Wait. I mean I’d like to feel his hands on me. Not in my pants. Okay, maybe I’d like them in my pants, but not after date number one.

“I wasn’t thinking, and I really like onions. A lot. In hindsight, it’s not a great date food. I feel kinda dumb. And I guess at first I wasn’t so sure about you. How was I supposed to know you’d actually be kind of normalish?”

“Normalish?”

“Well, you drink club soda on purpose, so you can’t be all there.” I tap his temple.

Griffin circles my wrist with his fingers and drops his head, lips brushing over my knuckle. “We can’t all be perfect, now, can we?”

“I suppose not, and perfect is boring.”

“That it is.” He hums against my skin, and I feel it through my entire body. “I would like to try that kiss again, if you’re still interested.”

About Helena

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of PUCKED, Helena Hunting lives on the outskirts of Toronto with her incredibly tolerant family and two moderately intolerant cats. She’s writes contemporary romance ranging from new adult angst to romantic sports comedy.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Thirty-Five and Single, by Terri E. Laine

 

 

Title: Thirty-five and Single
Author: Terri E. Laine
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 18, 2019

 

Blurb
USA Today Bestselling Author, Terri E. Laine, brings a
new standalone, Thirty-five and Single. 
What can go wrong when you’re getting divorced from your high school
sweetheart, it’s your thirty-fifth birthday and you have too much to
drink?

Throw in the gorgeous neighbor who comes to the rescue when you can’t seem to
open your apartment door after all the alcohol and end up taking a drunken slip
and slid across the floor.

Then you look up into his gorgeous face and forget all the reasons why it’s a
bad idea to hook-up with said twenty-something neighbor. In fact, it’s a
fan-freaking-tastic idea.

Now let the games begin because this is Olivia’s life: – interfering sisters,
the ex, co-workers… and Joel, her way too sexy, too young, but oh so hot
neighbor.

Wanting to explore single life, Olivia fights her growing connection with Joel.
Only he’s is determined to prove to her that age is just a number and she’s is
his number one.

 

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars
Thirty-five and Single was a delightful surprise. I didn’t know what to expect from Joel, but he turned out to be so much more than a hot, tattoo’d younger guy living down the hall from Olivia. There is more to him than meets the eye, and he ended up being mature beyond his years.

I really enjoyed this story and easily read it in a day. But there were so many other subplots going on, it kind of gave me whiplash. I don’t know if TEL is setting the stage for other stories, but between all of Liv’s sisters and Joel’s two brothers, plus Liv’s ex-husband who is the cousin of her brother-in-law, there were so many other characters competing for my attention. Some of the essence between Olivia and Joel got lost in the shuffle, I felt. I would have liked to have seen the drama and baggage between Olivia and her ex, Corey, hammered out more.

Still, this was a heartfelt story about a woman in her thirties picking up the pieces after her marriage implodes with the last man she ever expected to find her HEA with. I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

Author Bio

Terri E.
Laine, USA Today bestselling author, left a lucrative career as a CPA to pursue
her love for writing. Outside of her roles as a wife and mother of three, she’s
always been a dreamer and as such became an avid reader at a young age.
Many years later, she got a crazy idea to write a novel and set out to try to
publish it. With over a dozen titles published under various pen names, the
rest is history. Her journey has been a blessing, and a dream realized. She
looks forward to many more memories to come.

You can find more about her books at

www.terrielaine.com.

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Title: RULES OF A REBOUND

Author: Nina Crespo

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Blitz: August 12th

About Rules of A Rebound:

Natalie Winters thought she’d married the man of her dreams…but her marriage ended way too soon in a nightmarish divorce. She even has to share custody of the dog! The stress is killing her, so she decides to take a night off and attend the Breakup Bash—a private party for women celebrating their breakups—with her friends.

Former executive security specialist turned bartender Rome Collier is drawn to the woman easily trading sexy banter with him. And if she wants the “Do Me” condoms she accidentally throws across the counter at him, she’ll have to claim them…personally. Their flirtation turns into so much more, and every scintillating night they spend together is better than the last.

Strong, protective…and hot, Rome is everything Natalie ever wanted in a man. All she has to do is convince him he’s more than a rebound.

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Mortification kept Natalie’s gaze on the string of four condom packages lying on the counter between her and Rome. The printed words “Do Me” glittered and flashed on them like neon signs, mocking her clumsiness.

Heat flamed in her cheeks. “Oops. That was an accident.” She’d just meant to take out cash to pay for her drink.

But the amusement in Rome’s golden-brown eyes expressed exactly what he thought. Yeah, right, the condoms just magically flew out of your purse.

More heat surged into Natalie’s face. But they really had. Determined to salvage some of her pride in failing the flirting game, she made a grab for the condoms, but he did, too. As he slid them from the counter, his fingers brushed hers. A rush like the kind that came from heady, high-proof alcohol almost threw her off-balance.

“Uh-uh.” He grinned, and a slight dimple sunk in below a semi-circle shaped scar on his right cheek. “I’m not giving these up. They’re the best tip I’ve gotten all night.”

“They’re not your tip.”

“Could have fooled me.” He stuffed them into the front pocket of his jeans.

Her gaze riveted on the slight bulge to the left of his zipper. “They’re my property.”

“Looks like they’re mine now.”

Mine. His husky possessive tone conjured up images of him pinning her up against the wall as he made good use of one of the “Do Me” condoms, doing her.

“Excuse me,” a woman farther down called out. “Can we get some service? The show’s about to start.”

Rome’s attention remained on Natalie. “Hold on. I’ll be back.”

She held out the money. “But I need to pay.”

“You will.” Rome’s mouth lifted with a faint lopsided smile before he turned away.

His self-assuredness made Natalie’s heart flutter. She was all into compensating for whatever transgressions he accused her of. Was it wrong for her to strip off her clothes, lay on the bar, and give herself to him as payment? Yeah, it was definitely inappropriate, no matter how much the thought of doing it turned her on.

The woman Rome served at the bar smiled coyly up at him and brushed her fingers over his forearm.

As his deep chuckle floated over the woman’s laughter, Natalie suppressed an eye roll. And a tinge of envy. Obviously, she wasn’t the only one willing to be his sexual sacrifice. So what? Like she cared if some bottle-blonde flirted with him. Technically, she’d caught his attention first. Yes, things had gotten a little messy in the process, but she’d still landed him. Experiment over. Time to go. Cori and Alexa were probably wondering where she’d run off to.

As she went to put her money down and leave, Rome opened a mini fridge and grabbed a bottle of champagne. He stripped off the foil covering, deftly loosened the wire cage, then draped a towel over the bottle. As he pointed it away from the crowd, he twisted the bottom of it, and a muffled pop reverberated. Rome glanced over at her and winked.

Seriously. Did he think opening that bottle would impress her? But as much as she tried, she couldn’t stop a laugh or tear her gaze away from him as he served champagne to customers at the bar.

Natalie put her purse on the counter. Staying until he came back to her was purely about principle. No way in hell was she leaving her party favors behind so he could use them on some other woman later on. He had her “Do Me” condoms, and she wanted them back.

Minutes later, Rome returned to her with a cocktail glass filled with ice, amber liquid, and topped with a maraschino cherry. He set it in front of her.

“Sorry. I’m all out of condoms to pay for my drinks.”

He nudged the glass closer. “This one’s on the house. Try it. I think you’ll like it.”

She would, huh? No one read her that easily, but he had made the effort. Natalie took a drink, and the bite of alcohol mingled nicely with a hint of sweet. “Not bad. What’s it called?”

“A Do Me Slowly.”

The low tone of his voice made her tingle. “If this is some kind of ploy to change my mind about getting my condoms back, it won’t work. I have plans for using them.”

Lust sparked in Rome’s eyes, mesmerizing her to the point where she failed to realize his mouth was suddenly just inches away.

“So, you still think they’re yours?” As he leaned in farther, his hair-roughened cheek brushed hers, and her knees grew weak. “That’s definitely something we need to talk about.”

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Nina Crespo lives in Florida where she indulges in her favorite passions — the beach, a good glass of wine, date night with her own real-life hero and dancing.

 

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Whatever Happens, by Micalea Smeltzer

 

Title: Whatever Happens
Author: Micalea Smeltzer
Genre: Young Adult Romance

Release Date: July 19, 2019

Blurb

Violet Page is having a rough time. This former popular girl
is lost. Her parents uproot everything after her younger sister’s suicide,
moving states away to escape the lingering pain of loss. She doesn’t fit in
anywhere, but finds herself strangely drawn to the boy she watches view the
world through a telescope.
Finnley Crawford isn’t your typical boy next door. Being
autistic has always set him apart from kids his age. None of them quite knows
how to approach him or interact, leaving him only one friend in the form of his
support dog. His lack of friendships lead him to a unique love of space and
aspirations of one day reaching the stars. For in the stars, he sees a peace
and beauty he can’t find on Earth.
The more time these two seemingly opposite teenagers spend
together, the more they learn it isn’t what’s on the outside that counts. So much
can be found on the inside if you only care to look.
Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars
Whatever Happens is an absolutely superb, heartbreaking, powerful, emotional, magnificent story! I’m generally not a fan of the high school stories when it comes to YA fiction, but something about this blurb drew me in. I’ve never read anything my Micalea Smeltzer before, but Finn and Violet’s story absolutely blew me away!

Violet is struggling to find a new normal in the wake of her younger autistic sister’s suicide when her family relocates from Texas to Maine. The bullying that led to her sister’s death has Violet rethinking everything about her old life and how self-absorbed she was as a popular cheerleader. Now a self-imposed loner, Violet strikes up a tentative friendship with Finn, the boy next door.

Finn leads a life of solitude. Labeled by his classmates as weird and strange, he keeps to himself with just his service dog and the stars as company. Little by little, Violet works her way into his life, and the autistic teenager opens himself up to having a friend. Where nobody else ever gave Finn a second thought, Violet sees him for who he is on the inside: a magnificent, wonderful, funny and sweet human being.

It’s not long before they fall in love, but insecurities on both their parts leads to a heartbreaking break up. Finn’s fear of never being enough, and Violet’s anger toward both Finn and her sister over not being worth sticking around for keep these teenagers apart while at the same time they are thrust together as the leads in the school’s production of Beauty & The Beast. So fitting.

Despite their differences, Violet and Finn balance each other out wonderfully. She sees who he is deep down into his soul, and she gives him a strength to be brave in a way he never imagined would be possible. This story may be a clean, sweet romance, but it is so emotionally deep.

I am so glad that I took a chance on this book, because it was positively fantastic. I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

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Author Bio
Hi.
I’m Micalea. Ma-call-e-uh. Weird name, I know. My mom must’ve known I was going
to be odd even in the womb. I’ve written a lot of books. Like a lot. Don’t ask
me how many, I don’t remember at this point. I have an unhealthy addiction to
Diet Coke but I can’t seem to break the habit. I listen to way too much music
and hedgehogs have taken over my life. Crazy is the word that
best sums up my life, but it’s the good kind of crazy and I wouldn’t change it
for anything.
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