​Review: The Opposite of You By: Rachel Higgenson

​Review: The Opposite of You By: Rachel Higgenson 

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/Opposite-You-Opposites-Attract-Book-ebook/dp/B01NAUAFJV/ref=sr_tnr_p_1_7588748011_1_twi_kin_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1490895305&sr=8-1&keywords=the+opposite+of+you

I always adore Rachel’s Contemporary Romance stories (almost as much as I love her Zombie series haha) and now with this newest release she gives us another unforgettable pairing. I have often gotten tired of the same ol’ same ol’ occupations in novels and so to see one like Vera– a food truck owner/operator and Killian — a chef at a elite restaurant nearby made this a unique set up that immediately pulled me in. (Running a food truck has always been a secret dream of mine but shhh don’t tell k? ) 

One of the reasons I am always drawn to Rachel’s novels is her character development — she has these relatable characters that seem like you have been right there with them for years and yet when she gives us their backstories it seems like its just a nudge or a reminder about what happened. . . She dosen’t beat us over the head with chapters and chapters of information overload haha it has a very organic feel happening in line with what is currently happening in the story. 

I freely admit that while I loved Vera’s character from the beginning it took me a bit to warm up to Killian, at first his chef with a god complex kinda got to me so I loved it when Vera was sassy to him. . . But gradually he began to be someone I rooted for because he was so driven and focused and he helped Vera realize how amazing she is. 

Sometimes self doubt and letting someone else dull your shine can take a toll on your life and Vera has had to deal with that in spades with what happened with Derrek (and then some) so her journey of believing in herself and her talent in the chef game is an inspiring journey. Rachel really gives the reader a glimpse into Vera’s head and the very real impact on how toxic relationships can be extremely difficult to move on from. 

This is another thought provoking, extremely memorable (becuase its edgy and groundbreaking – breaks the mold) kind of read by one of my favorite authors. . . Beware you will be on the lookout for a snack while reading this one so stock up accordingly! 


Cover Reveal! Paper Fools By: Staci Hart


In the game of love, she never loses.

Paper Fools by Staci Hart is coming April 17th!!


Title: Paper Fools

Author: Staci Hart

Cover Designer: Quirkybird Designs

Photographer: Lauren Watson Perry

Publication Date: April 17th


Aphrodite knows love — just don’t ask her to figure out her own mess.

Rather than deal with her sticky love life, she toys with the hearts of unwitting humans. It’s a little game she plays, and the stakes are high. Lucky for her, she’s just found the perfect match.

Lex is everything Dean needs, but he can’t have her.

It doesn’t matter that her eyes speak to a long forgotten part of him, or that her art and poetry touch his shredded heart. She’s off limits — crossing that line would implode his band and everything he’s ever cared about. There’s only one option: stay away from her, no matter the cost. Even if the price is his heart.

Dean is everything Lex wants, but she can’t take the risk.

The second she meets him, she knows her heart is in danger. She’s convinced it’s only attraction that has her hung up on the dark, quiet lead singer, but with every day that passes, she knows it’s more. It’s just that she can’t put her heart on the line. She won’t — love has never been worth the sacrifice.

If only they knew they were just pawns in a much bigger game. And in the game of love, Aphrodite never loses.

*Formerly titled Deer in Headlights, Paper Fools has been rewritten and reedited just for you.*


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About the Author

Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life — a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can’t forget that. She’s also been a mom, with three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She’s been a wife, though she’s certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She’s also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she’s been drinking whiskey.

From roots in Houston to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics.


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Fiction Guild Review: An Uncommon Protector By: Shelley Shepard Gray 

​Fiction Guild Review: An Uncommon Protector By: Shelley Shepard Gray 

This story while it functions completely well as a standalone features characters from the first Lone Star Heroes novel. 

I loved the first story in this series so I was extremely pleased to find some of the characters crossed over to this story. Shelley always gives us the most vibrant historical read and in this case she exceeds her previous stories from the descriptions of the bluebonnet sky Texas is famous for to the impact that cattle ranches and the railroad had on American life in this time period. 

I loved the Laurel sounds like a awesome heroine, she really blossoms over the course of this story, you knew she had to have gumption! Being a single woman running a ranch in this time was rare and so when we first see her and her recalcitrant behavior I was initially worried she was going to be a bit of a doormat, and  wouldn’t have fit the mold for how she was described but she really stepped up after a couple chapters and that made me admire her even more. I love when the heroines in a story really challenge society’s mores and shakes things up. When things aren’t right even the smallest voice can have a impact. 

Thomas is a Shane esqe kind of character to me (for those of you who have seen the movie haha) and it made me intrigued when he would actually realize he was honorable, he had some major character growth in this story and every minute of it was inspiring. 

The little bit of mystery kept this story moving right along and kept the reader engaged and flipping pages just to see how it was gonna all shake out. I cannot wait for more stories from this author. 

​Fiction Guild Review: The Wedding Dress By: Rachel Hauck 

​Fiction Guild Review: The Wedding Dress By: Rachel Hauck 

I have loved each book in this series! It perfectly blends the historical aspect with the contemporary and adds in a dash of faith and fate. In the Wedding Dress we get the story of how 4 women encounter this beautiful dress that is just perfect for them. Now before you think this is going to go all Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants let me assure you it goes so much deeper than that. 

In all of Rachel’s books we see positive relatable female role models and none more so than Emily Ludlow. She is such a strong character and we really see parallels between her and Charlotte, each have their own struggles and ideas on how love and marriage is supposed to look but neither are ones to go with convention and that is what makes this a memorable story. 

We go on such a journey and I loved how Rachel did the pacing and included chapters from other characters POV, it added something special to the story. I would highly recommend this story and author to anyone looking for a heartwarming story. 

Review: The Road Home By: Annie Reynolds

​Review: The Road Home By: Annie Reynolds 

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/Road-Home-Annie-Reynolds-ebook/dp/B01MUL6Q8K/ref=sr_1_1_twi_kin_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1490209682&sr=8-1&keywords=annie++reynolds

I have been dying to get my hands on this book since I saw the cover on my Facebook News Feed under the suggested posts section. I had never read a book by this author before so I was immediately stoked about discovering a hidden gem! I was not disappointed! This is one of my favorite reads I have ever found thanks to Facebook being nosey and suggesting things I might like. 

Emmy was a character that had me laughing out loud about two pages in haha I call dibs to have her for my book character best friend. She is quirky and so likable that you can’t help but want to know more about her. In true rom com spirit she is on her way to her little sister’s wedding and hijinks ensue! When she sees a hitchhiker on the side of the road, she gives him a slight perusal but puts him out of her mind until he comes striding up a while later like a white knight (now only in books is this a adorable meet up haha) but Gabe is a enthralling character in his own right, a journalist just touring the countryside and experiencing life and he offers to keep Emmy’s troublesome VW going if she will give him a ride to his destination. She agrees and so begins this adorable journey that despite being on its surface is a cutesy rom com is actually much deeper and thought provoking. Annie definitely keeps us entertained but also cleverly gives us life advice wrapped up in a glorious story. 

The banter between Emmy and Gabe is some of the best I have read in quite sometime and lightning quick. I adore witty repartee and that really made this book magic for me. Annie Reynolds is definitely an author I would recommend to all my friends (and lovely people who actually follow my reviews haha which I mean we’re friends right?) 

Review: Cole (Bachelors Of The Ridge #3) By: Karla Sorensen

​Review: Cole (Bachelors Of The Ridge #3) By: Karla Sorensen

Amazon Link: myBook.to/ColeKarlaSorensen

This series just keeps getting better and better! Karla has always been the best at creating these amazingly realistic, relatable characters this story though she touches on a topic that most people wouldn’t touch and she is fearless about broaching this topic that so many couples deal with and one that is so incredibly close to my own heart. 

Cole and Julia have been put through the wringer and they are just going through the motions of their day to day life. The hurdles between them are huge and you have to wonder a little bit if love can be enough to heal them. But if Karla accomplishes just one thing with this story it is this — she brings you right into the conflict, uses the back story flashbacks like a boss and makes you FEEL EVERYTHING! I felt so emotionally wrung out after reading it, but so completely happy and fullfilled at the end.  (now don’t get me wrong, I think she accomplishes so much more than what is mentioned above! But for you jaded romance readers or people who refuse to read romance THIS IS THE BOOK THAT WILL TOUCH YOUR SOUL!) 

I dare you to not be affected by this story, to not fall in love with these characters, I dare you to pick up the rest of Karla’s books if you haven’t read them all because in each one she reaches down into your heart and tangles her fingers in your heartstrings and lets you know that hurts happen, people are gonna disagree, life is sometimes unfair. . . But love can indeed conquer all if we believe in it enough to go after it. 

Release Blitz! Cole (Bachelors Of The Ridge #3) By: Karla Sorensen

Title: Cole
Series: Bachelors of the Ridge #3
Author: Karla Sorensen
Release Date: March 22, 2017
Cole Mallinson has never been able to move on.

It’s been two thousand, three hundred and sixty-two days since he’s seen his ex-wife, Julia. He’s never stopped loving her, never stopped wishing she’d come back. Everyone thinks he’s lost his mind for never moving on, but they couldn’t understand. It was never a choice.

Seven years ago, Julia Mallinson left Denver, and even though it’s the last place she wants to be, she’s back. The years of infertility that she and Cole endured during their marriage wore her down past the point of breaking. And when she left, she didn’t look back, couldn’t look back, for the sake of her sanity, her heart.

Between an accidental run-in at the grocery store and a meddling pregnant sister, Julia is forced to face the man she walked away from. The man who still, after all these years, has never moved on. Though neither has she.

And in the end, she’s left wondering if the past is ever left in the past.

My small basket was packed full and I paused before going down the next row, trying to decide if I needed a cart. I could add more wine that way.

In the second I paused to think about it, my eyes lifted up to the end of the aisle, blinking at the tall, broad-shouldered man that stood at the opposite side.

And my heart exploded in my chest, a messy, visceral explosion, when I saw his profile.


I yanked back behind the end cap and peeked over a row of pasta sauce jars to make sure I hadn’t lost my damn mind. That I wasn’t imagining him standing there because of how my day had played out.

Nope. No. Oh holy shit, no, he was not a specter sent to haunt me.

His dark hair was shorter than the last time I’d seen him, his frame larger. My stomach turned in on itself at the insane moment. The tears I’d pushed down in Brooke’s bathroom spilled over my cheeks while I stared at him. His arm reached out to pluck a box of pasta from the shelf, and the way his forehead furrowed while he read the label made me back up a step so I couldn’t see him for a beat. Like I was capable of not looking again. Ha.

The universe hated me.

A hysterical giggle lodged in my throat when I considered that the entire freaking cosmos was playing a joke on me, that I might have been living so close to Cole that we shared a grocery store for the last month. And no matter how much I wanted that wine, my feet had already angled toward the exit. When he started to turn in my direction, I didn’t think, didn’t question.

I shoved my basket onto an empty bottom shelf and turned to leave, plowing into the chest of a store employee carrying an armful of canned vegetables, which hit the ground with awkward, loud bounces.

Go! I screamed in my head. But my head lifted instead.

His eyes locked on mine, widening in the next heartbeat.

“Julia,” he called out, the hoarse crack in his deep voice opening a chasm in between my ribs.

And I was gone, fleeing the store without a backwards glance.

Well, let’s see … I’m a wife and a mother. If the things that I write bring a smile to someone’s face, then I’ve done my job. I am obsessed with Outlander (both the books and the show). I’m almost exclusively a romance reader, which means some people will never consider me a literary snob. If I could meet one historical figure, it would be Jane Austen. I received my Bachelors in Public Relations and worked in health care marketing before I had my babies. I hate Twitter. I do it, but I hate it. Also, if you want to get on my good side, bring me wine and I’ll love you forever.