Sunny Shelly’s Review: Waking Up Married, by Lisa Suzanne

 

Title: Waking Up Married
Author: Lisa Suzanne
Genre: Rock Star Romantic Comedy
Release Date: December 13, 2019

 

Blurb
I’ve never seen Emily Clarke as anything more than my little sister’s
best friend.
One drunken mistake later, she’s my wife.

My first thought is how to get out of this, except our wedding video has gone
viral and record sales are skyrocketing. My manager thinks following the
newlyweds on the second season of my band’s reality show will keep up the
momentum.

I just have to get Emily to agree to faking this marriage for six months, and
then we can quietly divorce.

Right?

Wrong.

Nothing is quite that simple when feelings blur the line between a contract and
reality.

I ended up with more than just a hangover when I found myself waking up
married.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars

Another great rockstar romance from Lisa Suzanne! Seriously, she is the queen of this genre! And another great Vail/MFB crossover!

Emily has always had a crush on her best friend’s brother, Adam (the MFB drummer). A night of celebrating her friend’s Amber’s birthday in Vegas leads to Adam and Emily waking up the next morning to find out that they are married.

The MFB fans love the story, so Emily and Adam agree to stay together for a while. As they navigate their fake/accidental marriage, feelings grow and they get more attached to one another than they ever imagined. Adam shows a vulnerable side that we haven’t seen in the previous books, and he pretty much cemented his place in my heart.

I’ve yet to read a LS book where I didn’t love the hero. (Even Brian, by the end of his duet!)

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

Author Bio
Lisa Suzanne is a romance author who resides in Arizona with
her husband and two kids. She’s a former high school English teacher and
college composition instructor. When she’s not chasing her toddler or cuddling
her newborn, she can be found working on her latest book or watching reruns of Friends.

 

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: The Guy On The Left, by Kate Stewart



The Guy on the Left by Kate Stewart is LIVE! This is a standalone contemporary romance packed with all the feels! One-click yours NOW!

 

Contemporary Romance/Romantic Dramedy
Stand Alone

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Blurb:
It started with a lie. A night of blurred lines between a teacher and a student.
I wasn’t her student, yet it was the single most defining night of my life.
I’ve never been the man she thinks I am.
Most people have no idea about the life I’ve lived or the words that ring true when it comes to me—still waters run deep.
But you’d be hard-pressed to find a coed on the TGU campus who knows otherwise…because I’ve never corrected them.
The clock is ticking down, it’s Fourth and Inches with the ball inside the one-yard line and the focus is on me, The Guy on the Left. I’ve never felt like a football god, inside I’m…just Troy.
It’s time to set the record straight.
For my son, I‘ll find the strength.
In her eyes, I’m determined to gain redemption.
I will have them both, even if I have to take my eye off the ball.
*The Guy on the Left is a stand alone novel in the Underdogs Series. This is Troy’s story.

 

Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars

Wow, I have a whole new respect for Troy! I was wondering what his deal was in Guy Ok The Right, bc he came off as a real jerk with the whole hitting on Theo’s girlfriend thing. We get a totally different side of him in Guy On The Left, and my heart broke for him!

Kate Stewart did a great job of making Clarissa unlikable so I was rooting for Troy. Yes, he was super wrong in lying about his age the night they slept together. But she held it against him for far too long after Dante was born. She took years away from them both, and that was wrong. Especially since she knew Troy was taking care of them from afar and being respectful of the boundaries she set.

There is a ton of push and pull between them as they go around and around of whether or or they were going to actually date. And even then, Clarissa is a bitch. She holds things against Troy that are not his fault when she was the one who kept his kid away from him, jumps to conclusions, and doesn’t place any trust in him even after he proves over and over again that he wanted to be in her and his son’s life.

Troy had me sobbing during the breakup. Sobbing. For a gruff college athlete, he was so super vulnerable. Of course, this book ends on a wonderful HEA in the future, so it all works out just fine 🙂

This is a standalone, and takes place at the same time as TGOTR. But you don’t have to have read that one. You will see Troy’s POV of some scenes with Theo, which is cool. Now on to Lance and Haven!!

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

 

 

 

About the Author:

USA Today bestselling author and Texas native, Kate Stewart, lives in North Carolina with her husband, Nick, and her naughty beagle, Sadie. She pens messy, sexy, angst-filled contemporary romance, as well as romantic comedy and erotic suspense. Kate’s title Drive was named one of the best romances of 2017 by The New York Daily News and Huffington Post. Drive was also a finalist in the Goodreads Choice awards for best contemporary romance of 2017. Her works have been featured in USA TODAY, BuzzFeed, and translated in five languages.

Kate is a lover of all things ’80s and ’90s, especially John Hughes films and rap. She dabbles a little in photography, can knit a simple stitch scarf for necessity, and on occasion, does very well at whiskey.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: The Boyfriend Blog, by K.L. Grayson

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The Boyfriend Blog by K.L. Grayson

Release Date: December 10, 2019

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The Boyfriend Blog, an all-new standalone contemporary romance by USA Today bestselling author K.L. Grayson.

Boyfriend (n.)

  • A frequent or regular male companion with whom one has a romantic or sexual relationship.
  • A myth. A legend. Impossible to find.

According to her eighty-year-old neighbor, Lizzie Donovan is looking for Mr. Right in all the wrong places. Though it’s made great fodder for her blog, Lizzie is finally tired of swiping left and awful blind dates, and she’s ready to take Mrs. Skinner’s advice and find love the old-fashioned way. Goodbye dating app, hello grocery store, book store, dog park, and wherever else she might be able to meet a good man. And she really has nothing to lose. Not only will she be entertained along the way, but even if she ends up alone, she’ll always have her longtime best friend, Aiden, by her side.

Friend zone (n.)

  • A situation in which a friendship exists between two people, one of whom has an unreciprocated romantic or sexual interest in the other.
  • Location of Aiden Wallace.

According to his eighty-year-old neighbor, Aiden Wallace has been friend zoned. And that’s mostly his fault because instead of opening his eyes and seeing what was right in front of him, Aidan has spent the last several years enjoying the single life. But things have changed—he has changed—and now he needs his best friend, Lizzie, to stop shoving him into the friend zone so he can work at winning her heart. Until then, he’s stuck watching her string of dating disasters and wishing she’d believe him when he tells her he’s the one.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review:4 Stars

So cute! I easily read this book in the car on a road trip with the family. It is entertaining , engaging and very sweet. Aiden and Lizzie have been best friends since they were kids, and now they are neighbors. A few years ago, Lizzie started blogging about her hunt for the perfect boyfriend on The Boyfriend Blog. And she’s dated some real winners! (I could totally relate! Been there, done that!)

Aiden, meanwhile, was a bit of a player in college, but hasn’t dated since he realized his feelings for Liz changed. Or strengthened, since they were always there. He really puts in a lot of effort to get Lizzie to take a chance on him…. and gets a few ideas when he stumbles across her blog. But when Lizzie realizes that Aiden knows about her blog, will she feel like it wasn’t fate that pushed them together after all?

I really liked the dynamic between the two. There is a really nice friendship between them first, and then their romantic relationship blooms from that. It didn’t feel pushed upon me because KL Grayson gives us lots on their friendship first. The incident that happened in college that neither of them ever spoke about (for very different reasons) had to do with a huge misunderstanding and seemed plausible enough that I found it believable that Lizzie would be so hesitant to risk her friendship with Aiden. And Edna and the old ladies at the Senior Center are a hoot!

This was a pretty perfect best friends romance.

Side note: I was dying when Aiden started singing the prepositions because he remembered the tune from grade school. Same! 30+ years later, I still know them all!

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

About K.L. Grayson

K.L. Grayson resides in a small town outside of St. Louis, MO. She is entertained

daily by her extraordinary husband, who will forever inspire every good quality she

writes in a man. Her entire life rests in the palms of six dirty little hands, and when the

day is over and those pint-sized cherubs have been washed and tucked into bed, you can find her typing away furiously on her computer. She has a love for alpha-males,

brownies, reading, tattoos, sunglasses, and happy endings…and not particularly in that

order.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Best Man, by Katy Evans

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Best Man by Katy Evans

Release Date: December 10, 2019

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Best Man, a brand new contemporary romance from New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author, Katy Evans.

When the wedding of your dreams is just around the corner, everything needs to go as planned. Only problem is, the groom didn’t get the memo.

Aaron forgot the rings, and Lia is determined to make the long drive home to get them in time for their “I do’s.”

But there’s a catch. There always is with Aaron, isn’t there?

Aaron is too hungover to come, and sends a replacement.

The best man.

Miles Foster. The cocky, arrogant, sexy best man…and the last person Lia wants to be trapped in a car with for hours.

But Aaron insists, and Lia wonders if there’s another reason Aaron wants Miles tagging along–aside from sticking her with a hot, surly babysitter.

Yet how bad can it be? It’ll be over before she knows it, and she’ll never see him again. Just like in college.

But when secrets are revealed, and Lia’s whole world is turned upside down, she realizes she’s been living a lie–and so has her groom.

Miles is supposed to be the best man at her wedding.

But what if he is simply the best man she has ever known? The best man for her?

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Excerpt:

The dress is a strapless Carolina Herrera, with layers and layers of whisper-thin organza. It blows my budget and the “less is more” mantra out of the water, but like Eva said the day we bought it in downtown Denver, when you know, you know. The locale is the sumptuous Midnight Lodge, nestled in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, every tiny detail of the place costing my father more than an entire year of his salary. The twenty-three members of the bridal party are assembled. It’s the scene of every little girl’s fairytale fantasy.

My fantasy.

At least, the one I’d been harboring up until today, when everything changed.

Eva smiles at me. “Ready to make your dreams come true?”

I stare at myself in the mirror. I look like Cinderella, if the wicked stepmother had just materialized at the castle on Cinderella’s wedding day and gunned down Prince Charming in cold blood. I’m also about three minutes away from losing the mimosa I’d polished off earlier that morning at breakneck speed. I go to chew on my nails but then I remember Eva painted them, and the last thing I want is for him to see the chips.

He notices things like that. He’s an observer.

And I want to be perfect for him.

Him.

The wrong him.

Oh, god.

I go to chew on my lip, but I can’t do that because they’ve been lacquered with bubble-gum pink gloss, and he’d probably notice if I got it on my teeth, too. All my normal ways of freaking out are off limits.

This is the day of my dreams, the day I’ve planned to the letter, just so I could avoid any potential calamities that might make me freak out.

But I am freaking out. Oh, lordy, am I ever.

I’ve been waiting my whole life for this day.

This perfect day, where the sun is shining, the snow is melting, birds are singing, and the sky is the deepest blue I’ve ever seen.

But there’s a problem.

A problem in the form of a pretentious, bearded, six-foot-three wall of hot man flesh who stalks around hating the world and thinking he’s better than everyone in it.

My fiancé’s best friend. The best man, Miles Foster.

This is all his fault.

“You okay?” Eva asks.

“I am,” I insist, pushing the infernal veil out of my face for the thousandth time. “This dress is itchy as hell.”

I stand and pluck the dress up under my armpits, hoisting it over my boobs. I try to take a step but…too much fabric, in all directions. It’s a wonder I don’t drown in this sea. In this sea, or in this mess I’ve created for myself. I sit back down on the vanity stool and pout. “I’m stuck.”

In more ways than one.

She gathers handfuls of too much organza and helps me up, depositing the pile of fabric safely in my wake. I shuffle to the full-length mirror and glance at myself. I don’t look like a bride, or even a fairytale princess. I look like a prisoner who just got her death sentence.

“It’s too loose,” I whine. I never had much of a rack, and now it’s super obvious. Why did I decide to go strapless again? “I think I must’ve lost some boobage during my diet. What if the top of my dress falls down while I’m walking up the aisle?”

Eva smirks. “I’m sure Aaron’ll love the show.”

The thought makes the mimosa turn in my stomach. I used to live for what Aaron thought. Whenever I had a choice to make on something, be it a new movie coming out, or a sweater at the mall, or a new hair style, I’d think, Would Aaron like this? But I realize, as she says his name, that it doesn’t matter to me in the slightest what Aaron thinks. The only opinion I care about now is that of the man who will be standing precisely two feet to my husband-to-be’s left.

I am such an idiot.

In less than fifteen minutes, I will be marching down the stone steps outside the Midnight Lodge to a picturesque gazebo at the foot of the hills, on the arm of my father, who has socked his entire life’s savings into making this day picture perfect for his only daughter. I will take the hand of the man I’ve been attached at the hip to for over five years, ever since I met him in a dank frat cellar when I was a wide-eyed little college freshman. I will join with this man—this man I’ve spent all of my adult life with—in holy matrimony, ’til death us do part.

I will become Mrs. Aaron Eberhart.

But I know I’ll be looking past my husband-to-be to the man who, up until twelve hours ago, I’d thought I hated. Miles Foster.

And I will be wondering What if…

I wish choosing a husband was as simple as choosing a dress.

When you know, you know.

I did know, or I thought I did. Up until twelve hours ago, I thought Aaron Eberhart was my true soul mate, the one I’d happily spend the rest of my life with. That’s when things took an unexpected turn.

Right now? I don’t even know my own name.

And I have a feeling I might be making a huge mistake.

 

Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars

Oh my! Best Man is all kinds of gooey goodness! Unrequited love has never been so full of angst! 24 hours before Lia is about to get married in a lavish ceremony before 500 guests, she must go on the road trip from hell with the best man, Miles, to retrieve the wedding rings her fiancé Aaron left behind. It’s not just being stuck in a tiny Mini Cooper with Miles that has Lia all worked up. No, there is a blizzard coming, and they hate each other’s guts thanks to a one-night stand they had before she started dating Aaron.

Or so Lia thinks. As it turns out, Miles doesn’t hate her one bit. And through the adventures of the day and night, she realizes that she doesn’t hate Miles much, either. There’s a fine line between love and hate…

I loved how this book was framed. Each chapter is an hour of Miles and Lia’s trip. There are other characters in the book, but the primary focus is on them. They hash out the past, she flashes back to their night together, and he makes confessions he never expected to make. I felt every ounce of Miles’ agony in being so desperately in love with Lia for years. And I felt every ounce of her confusion. She’s been ignoring red flags with Aaron for years… is the wrong man actually the best man?

There is cheating in this book. From both Lia and Aaron. Not that two wrongs make a right, but Tonge build-up to Lia and Miles having a repeat of their one night stand from years ago is hot!

This story is so raw and real, and Katy Evans nailed it. I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

About Katy:

Katy Evans is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Her debut REAL shot to the top of the bestselling lists in 2013 and since then 9 of her titles have been New York Times bestsellers. Her books have been translated into nearly a dozen languages across the world.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: The Younger Man, by Karina Halle

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A reckless, obsessive soccer star. A forbidden affair that could ruin her career. The locker room has never been this steamy.

The Younger Man, an epic standalone forbidden age-gap sports romance, by New York Times bestselling author Karina Halle, is LIVE!

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Starting over was her only option.

Forty-years old and still reeling from a public and painful divorce, Thalia Blackwood is looking for a fresh start, somewhere far away from her upside down life. When she’s offered a new job as the sports therapist for a football (soccer) team, she jumps at the chance. This is just what she needs to leave the heartbreak and shame of Manchester behind, trading it in for the warmth and hopeful vibrancy of Madrid.

He was her only desire.

Twenty-three year old Alejo Albarado is rising up the ranks in his career. As the charming forward for the Real Madrid team, Alejo’s life revolves around women, parties, and being a tabloid darling, that is until the new sports therapist joins the team.

Their passion could not be ignored.

What starts out as a strictly professional relationship between Thalia and the young Spanish player, slowly evolves into something more. Much more.

Their relationship was forbidden.

But their combustible chemistry and simmering sexual tension can only go so far—should Thalia give into Alejo’s advances, she’s at risk of not only losing her job, but succumbing to a much younger man will drag her through the spotlight again.

Alejo might be worth that risk.

Unless he breaks her heart in the process.

The Younger Man is a full-length standalone romance. Characters from Love, in English make a cameo in this book, however The Younger Man is intended to be read as a STANDALONE.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars

If you love age-gap romances, The Younger Man is a real winner. It’s angsty, passionate, emotional, and wonderfully executed.

After going through a very public divorce, Thalia is looking for a quieter life. She takes a job as a PT for the football team in Madrid, never expecting that she’d find the love of her life in a player nearly half her age. The connection with Thalia and Alejo is intense, right from the start. With her job at risk, every stolen moment between them threatens to destroy the life she’s trying to rebuild. But he sticks it out, showing her over and over again that their love is worth the risk.

There are some appearances from characters in previous KH books (like Alejo’s coach), but they were kind of ancillary characters. Nice nods for fans of KH, but didn’t really impact the story as far as needing to know any history.

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

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Meet Karina:

Karina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of The Pact, Love, in English, The Artists Trilogy, Dirty Angels and over 20 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.

Halle is represented by the Root Literary and is both self-published and published by Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Regretting You, by Colleen Hoover

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About the Book
 
Title: Regretting You
Author: Colleen Hoover
Release Date: December 10, 2019
Publisher: Montlake
 
Summary
 
Morgan Grant and her sixteen-year-old daughter, Clara, would like nothing more than to be nothing alike.

Morgan is determined to prevent her daughter from making the same mistakes she did. By getting pregnant and married way too young, Morgan put her own dreams on hold. Clara doesn’t want to follow in her mother’s footsteps. Her predictable mother doesn’t have a spontaneous bone in her body.

With warring personalities and conflicting goals, Morgan and Clara find it increasingly difficult to coexist. The only person who can bring peace to the household is Chris—Morgan’s husband, Clara’s father, and the family anchor. But that peace is shattered when Chris is involved in a tragic and questionable accident. The heartbreaking and long-lasting consequences will reach far beyond just Morgan and Clara.

While struggling to rebuild everything that crashed around them, Morgan finds comfort in the last person she expects to, and Clara turns to the one boy she’s been forbidden to see. With each passing day, new secrets, resentment, and misunderstandings make mother and daughter fall further apart. So far apart, it might be impossible for them to ever fall back together.

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Q&A with Author Colleen Hoover
 

You are ‘label-less’ in the fact that you write in several genres. Readers never know what to expect next. If someone asks, how do you label yourself?


When I self-published my first novel I had no idea what genre to put it in. I thought I had written a drama but it turns to that I had written a romance. I’ve learned a lot since then, but I still don’t put a lot of weight in genre when I write. When your best friend is begging you to read a book, it’s not going to matter what genre it is when someone you trust is passionate about the story.


To keep all of your stories and characters straight, you must be very organized.


I’m the most disorganized person you will ever meet! I have no schedule. I can’t wake up before nine in the morning. I probably don’t go to bed until like three in the morning. I usually work about 16 hours a day.


What happens if you get blocked when you are writing?


If I get stuck writing, I go for a drive and play music. Music really helps me plot. I love The Avett Brothers, X Ambassadors, Airborne Toxic Event…I could go on and on.


What can you tell readers about your latest release Regretting You?


I would spoil it if I told you about it! Most of my books are like that. I can’t say what they are about or it spoils it. But I can say that Regretting You is told from a dual point-of-view centered on the inner lives of both a teen and adult protagonist.


Sounds like lots of different types of readers will be interested!


Absolutely. I wanted to write a book that bridged the gap between young adult and contemporary romance so that mothers can read with their daughters. I think it’s exciting to see people sharing reading experiences.

 
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Excerpt: Regretting You by Colleen Hoover
 

Despite knowing I just pissed my mother off by being half an hour late for curfew, I still can’t stop smiling. That kiss with Miller was worth it. I bring my fingers to my lips.

I’ve never been kissed like that. The guys I’ve kissed in the past all seemed like they were in a hurry, wanting to shove their tongue in my mouth before I changed my mind.

Miller was the opposite. He was so patient, yet in a chaotic way. It was like he’d thought about kissing me so often that he wanted to savor every second of it.

I don’t know that I’ll ever not smile when I think about that kiss. It kind of makes me nervous for school tomorrow. I’m not sure where that kiss leaves us, but it felt like it was a statement. I just don’t know what exactly that statement was.

My phone buzzes in my back pocket. I roll over and pull it out, then fall onto my back again. It’s a text from Miller.

Miller: I don’t know about you, but sometimes when something significant happens, I get home and think of all the things I wish had gone differently. All the things I wish I would have said.

Me: Is that happening now?

Miller: Yes. I don’t feel like I was entirely forthcoming with you.

I roll onto my stomach, hoping to ease the nausea that just passed through me. It was going so well…

Me: What weren’t you honest about?

Miller: I was honest. Just not entirely forthcoming, if there’s a difference. I left a lot out of our conversation that I want you to know.

Me: Like what?

Miller: Like why I’ve liked you for as long as I have.

I wait for him to elaborate, but he doesn’t. I’m staring at my phone with so much intensity that I almost throw it when it rings unexpectedly. It’s Miller’s phone number. I hesitate before answering it, because I rarely ever talk on the phone. I much prefer texting. But he knows I have my phone in my hand, so I can’t very well send it to voice mail. I swipe my finger across the screen and then roll off the bed and head to my bathroom for more privacy. I sit on the edge of the tub.

“Hello?”

“Hey,” he says.

“Sorry. It’s too much to text.”

“You’re kind of freaking me out with all the innuendos.”

“Oh. No, it’s all good. Don’t be nervous. I just should have said this to you in person.” Miller inhales a deep breath, and then on the exhale, he starts talking. “When I was fifteen, I watched you in a school play. You had the lead role, and at one point, you performed a monologue that went on for like two whole minutes. You were so convincing and you looked so heartbroken I was ready to walk onto the stage and hug you. When the play was finally over and the actors came back out onto the stage, you were smiling and laughing, and there wasn’t a trace of that character left in you. I was in awe, Clara. You have this charisma about you that I don’t think you’re aware of, but it’s captivating. I was a scrawny kid as a sophomore, and even though I’m a year older than you, I hadn’t quite filled out yet, and I had acne and felt inferior to you, so I never worked up the courage to approach you. Another year went by, and I continued to admire you from afar. Like that time you ran for school treasurer and tripped walking off the stage, but you jumped up and did this weird little kick and threw your arms up in the air and made the entire audience laugh. Or that time Mark Avery popped your bra strap in the hallway, and you were so sick of him doing it that you followed him to his classroom, reached inside your hoodie, and took off your bra and then threw it at him. I remember you yelling something like, ‘If you want to touch a bra so damn bad, just keep it, you perv!’ Then you stormed out. It was epic. Everything you do is epic, Clara. Which is why I never had the courage to approach you, because an epic girl needs an equally epic guy, and I guess I’ve just never felt epic enough for you. I’ve said epic so many times in the last fifteen seconds—I’m so sorry.”

He’s out of breath when he finally stops talking.

I’m smiling so hard my cheeks ache. I had no idea he felt this way. No idea.

I wait a few seconds to make sure he’s done; then I finally respond. I’m pretty sure he can hear from my voice alone that I’m smiling. “First of all, it’s hard to believe you were ever insecure. And second, I think you’re pretty epic, too, Miller. Always have. Even when you were scrawny and had acne.”

He laughs a little. “Yeah?”

“Yeah.”

I can hear him sigh. “Glad I got that off my chest, then. See you at school tomorrow?”

“Good night.”

We end the call, and I don’t know how long I sit and stare at my phone.

***
 

Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars

Colleen Hoover is a master storyteller, and it’s because of stories like Regretting You. This is not a typical romance, but it is a romance. It’s also a bit of a mystery. And it’s a story about family drama. All mashed together, mixed up and put out in a heartfelt, heartbreaking, heartwarming story.

Regretting You is not just a romance, but it’s a family drama as Morgan and Clara try to navigate their lives following a horrible tragedy. There are so many unanswered questions in the aftermath of Chris’ accident, and both of their lives are forever changed. Their relationship is forever changed. And how they come through the other side is a tremendous journey of grief, forgiveness and even a bit of anger.

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

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Author Biography
 
Colleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of several novels, including the bestselling women’s fiction novel It Ends with Us and the bestselling psychological thriller Verity. She has won the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance three years in a row—for Confess (2015), It Ends with Us (2016), and Without Merit (2017). Confess was adapted into a seven-episode online series. In 2015, Hoover and her family founded the Bookworm Box, a bookstore and monthly subscription service that offers signed novels donated by authors. All profits go to various charities each month to help those in need. Hoover lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys. Visit www.colleenhoover.com.
 
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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Humbugged, by Pippa Grant & Lili Valente

 

Title: Humbugged
Authors: Pippa Grant & Lili Valente
Genre: Romantic Comedy

 Release Date: December 10, 2019

Blurb

 

He’s the world’s most alpha Marine and the last man I
should be letting jingle my bells this holiday season. 
So why does Clint O’Dell keep running through my thoughts wearing nothing but a
Santa hat? And why do I stupidly agree that we should be Christmas friends with
benefits?

Someone must have spiked my eggnog.

I don’t do Marines.

Or Santas.

I learned my lesson about both the hard way.

But when Clint steps in to rescue me—from a murderous goose, a rogue reindeer,
and the ghost of Christmas Right Now causing trouble in my bakery—I can’t help
but wonder if we’re meant to be more than friends.

If maybe Clint is the holiday miracle I’ve been praying for…or if all the magic
will disappear with the season.

Humbugged is a laugh out loud holiday romp featuring a Marine with a
heart of gold and a baker in need of a hero. Complete with the world’s most
awkward Christmas caroling, a photoshoot with furry friends, and more naughty
baked goods than is good or decent.

 

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars

Christmas in Happy Cat with the O’Dell family! Another hysterical, laugh-out-loud collab from Pippa Grant and Lili Valente.

Clint, the youngest O’Dell, is back home for a short time before his next assignment with the Marines. A random run-in with town newcomer Noelle — and a reindeer, of course — changes both of their lives in ways they were never expecting. Neither one wants a relationship, but naturally, that all changes with the more time they spend together.

These characters are just as charming and silly and funny and charismatic as the other couples that came before them. Clint is a alpha, a military hero, but his sweet side shows through with Noelle. And for fans of this series, there are plenty of appearances by Clint’s brothers and their girls, who take Noelle in and make her one of their own.

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.
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Narrated by Virginia Rose & Jacob Morgan

 

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Includes a bonus novella by Lili Valente
Pippa Grant
Pippa Grant is a USA Today Bestselling author who writes
romantic comedies that will make tears run down your leg. When she’s not
reading, writing or sleeping, she’s being crowned employee of the month as a
stay-at-home mom and housewife trying to prepare her adorable demon spawn to be
productive members of society, all the while fantasizing about long walks on
the beach with hot chocolate chip cookies.
Lili Valente
Lili Valente has slept under the stars in Greece, eaten
dinner at midnight with French men who couldn’t be trusted to keep their mouths
on their food, and walked alone through Munich’s red light district after dark
and lived to tell the tale. 
 
These days you can find her writing in a tent beside the sea, drinking coconut
water and thinking delightfully dirty thoughts.