Review: Read, Write and Love at Seaside by Addison Cole

Read, Write, Love at Seaside
(Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers #1)
by Addison Cole

Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers features a group of fun, flirty, and emotional friends who gather each summer at their Cape Cod cottages. They’re sassy, flawed, and so easy to relate to, you’ll be begging to enter their circle of friends!

In READ, WRITE, LOVE at SEASIDE…
Bestselling author Kurt Remington lives to write. He spends twelve hours a day in front of his computer, rarely leaving the seclusion of his beach-front property, where he’s come to finish his latest thriller — that is, until free-spirited Leanna Bray nearly drowns in the ocean trying to save her dog. Kurt’s best-laid plans are shot to hell when he comes to their rescue. Kurt’s as irritated as he is intrigued by the sexy, hot mess of a woman who lives life on a whim, forgets everything, and doesn’t even know the definition of the word organized.

Leanna’s come to the Cape hoping to find a fulfilling career in the jam-making business, and until she figures out her own life, a man is not on the menu. But Leanna can’t get the six-two, deliciously muscled and tragically neat Kurt out of her mind. She tells herself she’s just stopping by to say thank you, but the heart-warming afternoon sparks an emotional and unexpectedly sweet ride as Kurt and Leanna test the powers of Chemistry 101: Opposites Attract.

An author who writes shirtless, living in a pristine cottage with white walls and immaculate surroundings. A man who is quiet, organized and plans everything. That’s Kurt Remington for you.

Then a free spirited, bikini-clad woman with a loud mouth, sexy body comes rushing by on the beach looking for her dog, splashing water and leaving sand trails on the deck. That’s Leanna for you.

Two extreme opposites, a laptop with thousand word counts, and a basketful of jam and baking soda are all it takes for one exciting summer Kurt and Leanna won’t ever forget!

My heart went yada-yada and skipped like there’s no tomorrow after reading Read, Write, Love at Seaside. Addison Cole put two opposing characters together and the impact was like fireworks in the sky – sparkly, bright, beautiful. The other girls in the book were golden! Bella and Jenna and Amy seemed like a bunch of lovely meddling ladies who are endearing and funny and truly loving. And Kurt – he is exemplary! He’s probably my newest book boyfriend this month (Yay!)

Love this book heaps! Cole’s writing was great although the pacing was a little slow. Nevertheless, this has been a really lusciously sweet story and I’m loving it! (Can’t wait to read seductive Bella’s story!!)


 

Addison Cole is the sweet alter ego of New York Times and USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Melissa Foster.

Read, Write, Love at Seaside is the sweet edition of Melissa’s steamy romance novel Read, Write, Love. The stories and characters remain the same, and convey all of the passion you expect between two people in love, without any explicit scenes or harsh language.

Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers features a group of fun, flirty, and emotional friends who gather each summer at their Cape Cod cottages. They’re sassy, flawed, and so easy to relate to, you’ll be begging to enter their circle of friends!

Addison Cole writes humorous and emotional sweet contemporary romance. Her books do not include explicit sex scenes or harsh language. Addison spends her summers on Cape Cod, where she dreams up wonderful love stories in her house overlooking Cape Cod Bay.

Addison enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups and welcomes an invitation to your event.

Review: Marry Me at Willoughby Close by Kate Hewitt

Marry Me at Willoughby Close
Willoughby Close series # 5
by Kate Hewitt

Welcome to Willoughby Close… a charming cluster of cozy cottages, each with a story to tell and a happy ending to deliver…

Alice James has been a drifter her whole life, working her way through several foster homes before ending up in Wychwood-on-Lea, feeling anchorless and invisible. When a chance encounter leads to Alice accepting a position as a caretaker and companion to Lady Stokeley, she starts to feel as if she might finally be able to put down some roots and live the way other people do.

Then, Lady Stokeley’s nephew, city banker Henry Trent, storms into Willoughby Manor, seeming to find fault with everything, including Alice. As the next in line to the manor and title, he threatens to upturn everything she’s started to build. But Henry is hiding his own secret fears and weaknesses, ones he’s desperate for no one to discover. A surprising and inconvenient attraction that simmers between them leaves Alice feeling more confused than ever, and Henry torn between duty and desire, fear and love.

When circumstances become even more difficult, both Alice and Henry must decide who they really are, and what they are willing to fight for. Could Alice possibly the next Lady of Willoughby Manor?

 

It took me a while to finally accept Lady Stokeley’s fate and Henry Trent’s turn over a new leaf, but nothing prepared me with the tears that run down my eyes after reading this book. Yes, I think this is the final book in the Willoughby Close series. And it was really good.

I met Alice on the Ava’s story in Kiss Me at Willoughby Close and had grown to like her and her simplicity. I was quite angered at Henry Trent though for coming off annoying and brusque and obnoxious. But in this last book, I finally understood his aloofness, his stiff personality and his awkwardness with other people. My heart was also heavy because of the cancer that was eating up Lady Stokeleys. Brings me back to my memories of my father who also suffered cancer and I enveloped in sadness and pain when he died.

Among the five books in this series, I think I loved this last story best. Alice was such an affectionate and warm-hearted individual who was also forgiving even after everything that she’d been through. Fostered from one family to another during her childhood, Alice grew up without a real family to hold on to, except for a grandmother who died in her care. She’s been devoted, caring and tough even at the most trying times. Henry was her exact opposite. He couldn’t show his affections, he tend to overanalyze things and talk in complicated tones, making look boring, conventional and snobbish person. Born in wealth but lacked in familial comfort, he became rigid, angsty, always in control. Then he could also be so strong yet so fragile.

Their story was quite slow and a tad stagnant because these two opposing characters couldn’t get along just fine. But along the way, the other characters like Lady Stokeley and Ava and the other residents of Willoughby Close also made everything transition smoothly. The book was everything I hoped for and provided so much more. It has been quite an emotional and heartwarming read. I fell in love with this series and wish I could read more of Kate Hewitt’s writing. Definitely a must read!

Review Tour: Leave the Night On by Laura Trentham

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Leave the Night On
A Cottonbloom Novel
by Laura Trentham

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Sutton Mize is known for lavishing attention on the customers who flock to her boutique on the wealthy side of her Mississippi town. So when she finds a lace thong in her fiancé’s classic cherry-red Camaro, she knows just who she sold it to: her own best friend. In an instant, Sutton’s whole world goes up in flames. . .

Wyatt Abbott has harbored a crush on Sutton since he was a young kid from the other side of the tracks. He witnessed Sutton’s shocking discovery in the Camaro at his family-owned garage—and it made him angry. What kind of man could take lovely, gorgeous Sutton for granted? But then Sutton comes up with an idea: Why not give her betrothed a taste of his own medicine and pretend that she’s got a lover of her own? Wyatt is more than happy to play the hot-and-heavy boyfriend. But what begins as a fictional affair soon develops into something more real, and more passionate, than either Sutton or Wyatt could have imagined. Could it be that true love has been waiting under the hood all along?

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Sutton Mize brought her fiance’s Camaro to the Abbot’s Garage to have it checked, but found an incriminating evidence inside the car – a laced thong that didn’t belong to her, but to her best friend.

To save face, she told her ex-lover that she’d been dating the hunky mechanic Wyatt Abbott and stirred gossip around Cottonbloom. It wasn’t until they realized they were using each other to get what they needed.

This is just the kind of sweet and exciting story I need to read after a stressful day. Wyatt Abbott could be my newest book boyfriend and stress-reliever. Gotta love a man who knows cars and cherish ’em. Although, despite the fact that I’ve read multitudes of stories about pretend lovers ultimately falling in love in the end, it was their journey on how they realized their feelings for each other that really get me everytime.

Sutton and Wyatt are from opposite sides of Mississippi but this didn’t hinder them from taking chances on their feelings. Thanks to Sutton’s cheating fiance and conniving best friend, she found herself crying in the arms of Wyatt, her childhood friend and apparently a longtime secret admirer.

Wyatt Abbott really got me, hook, line and sinker. I thought he was quite naive in love, despite his reputation as a ladies man. Sutton is a little snob, due to her lavish upbringing. I wasn’t quite smitten with her in the beginning but she earned my trust at the end of the book.

Cheers to another great story from the Cottonbloom series by Laura Trentham! Can’t wait to read Jackson’s story next!

I received this ARC copy of Leave the Night from St. Martin’s Press via Netgalley.

 

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An award-winning author, Laura Trentham was born and raised in a small town in Tennessee. Although, she loved English and reading in high school, she was convinced an English degree equated to starvation. She chose the next most logical major—Chemical Engineering—and worked in a hard hat and steel toed boots for several years.

She writes sexy, small town contemporaries and smoking hot Regency historicals. The first two books of her Falcon Football series were named Top Picks by RT Book Reviews magazine. Then He Kissed Me, a Cottonbloom novel, was named as one of Amazon’s best romances of 2016. When not lost in a cozy Southern town or Regency England, she’s shuttling kids to soccer, helping with homework, and avoiding the Mt. Everest-sized pile of laundry that is almost as big as the to-be-read pile of books on her nightstand.

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Review: Bucket List to Love by CP Santi

Bucket List To Love
by C.P. Santi

Aya Contreras is thrilled to be studying in the land of sakura and sushi. Tokyo is a fascinating city to live in—vending machines, cosplayers, karaoke boxes, and bright, colorful conbinis on every corner. And the architectural design program she’s in is everything she dreamed it to be.
The only problem? Her tutor doesn’t seem to like her.
Well, she doesn’t like him very much either. Sure, Ryohei Mori is talented, and there’s no denying he’s hot. But he’s also a surly, bossy know-it-all who eats too many cookies.
Another annoying thing about him is he’s nosy. And when he stumbles upon the crazy bucket list Aya’s sisters forced on her, he teases her mercilessly about it.
But when their professor pairs them up for a design competition, things get . . . interesting. Fueled by beer and a whole lot of cookies, can Aya and Ryo cross out some items on her bucket list without killing each other? Or will they realize there’s much more to each other than they’d originally thought?

Aya had just broken up with her boyfriend of six years when she discovered something about him. A study grant to Japan was just the thing she needed to forget about her broken heart. Afraid to fall in love again, Aya tried hard to steer clear of temptations, but her hot and gorgeous tutor made it impossible to do so. Add the bucket list that her meddling but sweet sisters insisted for her to do, it was only a matter of time before Aya found herself falling in love under the Meiji Shrine.

When I learned about this latest story by CP Santi, I knew I had to read it. The book gave me all the feels! I felt like I was watching a J-Drama with MatsuJun as the male lead and the characters came alive with the wonderful storyline, friendly banters, beautiful sceneries and that exciting bucket list.

I enjoyed the way Ryo and Aya’s relationship developed. Not forced, not dictated. I couldn’t help but smile and grin at them, I actually looked like a fool while reading A Bucket List to Love. Ryo Mori was such a darling.

What I really loved most was how Japan was beautifully depicted and narrated by the author. So amazing! I know a thing or two about Japanese culture but I’ve never been to the Land of the Rising Sun. I’ve always been fascinated with anything related to Japan. JPop, JDrama, you name it, I can handle it. (A big fan of Arashi here!). And the author made me want to go there soon. In my opinion, Japan is one of the best countries to visit or live in the world.

Overall, I thought this was a well written book with reasonably well pacing that reminded what it was like when I was in college. CP Santi has always bedazzled me with her tales and feel-good love stories. I am so stinking in love with her. Plus, I got to read and finish her book during her birthday, which made this story really special.

I don’t know about you, but this book just moved right to my top ten all-time favorite books list. I can’t recommend it enough. This is a book I’m definitely going to re-read someday.

 

Review: On the Fence by Kasie West

On the Fence
by Kasie West

For sixteen-year-old Charlotte Reynolds, aka Charlie, being raised by a single dad and three older brothers has its perks. She can outrun, outscore, and outwit every boy she knows—including her longtime neighbor and honorary fourth brother, Braden. But when it comes to being a girl, Charlie doesn’t know the first thing about anything. So when she starts working at chichi boutique to pay off a speeding ticket, she finds herself in a strange new world of makeup, lacy skirts, and BeDazzlers. Even stranger, she’s spending time with a boy who has never seen her tear it up in a pickup game.

To cope with the stress of faking her way through this new reality, Charlie seeks late-night refuge in her backyard, talking out her problems with Braden by the fence that separates them. But their Fence Chats can’t solve Charlie’s biggest problem: she’s falling for Braden. Hard. She knows what it means to go for the win, but if spilling her secret means losing him for good, the stakes just got too high.

Charlie may not be your typical female heroine, but she definitely caught my heart when she struggled between being a tomboy and acting weird wither her brothers’ best friend and boy next door, Braden. Her mom died when she was six and she never had a motherly figure attend to her girly needs ever since. Running at night kept her from having nightmares about the night her mother died. Growing up, she became close to her brothers and father and Braden while they treated her like one of the boys.

Until one night when she poured out her heart and worries and secrets to the boy next door. This began their late night conversations and the start of Charlie’s conflicting feelings for him.

This is my first book by Kasie West and I’m loving it. I’ve been dying to read a book by West because I’ve heard rave reviews about all her books. On the Fence didn’t disappoint. The characters were believable, their conversations light and straight to the point, and those nighttime talks over the fence really got me giddy and excited. The makeup scenes were fantastic and really funny, but had also been eye-opening to Charlie, thank goodness! Two of the other minor characters that I loved were Skye and Mama Lu, they were like the ray of sunshine that Charlotte needed to brighten up her day. I hated it when she lied about her mom though.

Braden of course was definitely likeable and yes, he’s the perfect boy next door you’d love to grow up with. Their relationship was one for the books.

Hoping to read the other stories by West, this has been really such a great and charming read! I don’t know why it took me so long to start reading this book. I’ve been so left behind!

Review: Up to Date by Susan Hatler

Up to Date
(Better Date than Never #8)
by Susan Hatler

Ginger knows that practical choices guarantee a stable life, which is why she chose a career as an office manager. Her job provides a steady paycheck, but it also has her snoozing at her desk. She wishes she’d pursued her passion for interior decorating rather than business.

She’s also trying to forget Greg Shaffer—the gorgeous emergency room doctor she met at a dance club last month. Her dad was an emergency room doctor and the stress of the job turned him into a raging alcoholic, which didn’t exactly create happy childhood memories.

Ginger believes donating her decorating services to her friend’s charity auction is the perfect fix for both her problems. She’ll get a break from the daily grind, get her creative juices flowing, and stay so busy she’ll finally forget about Greg.

But then Greg ends up buying the condo right above her. Even worse, he deliberately wins the bid on her auction item. Greg seems determined to prove to Ginger that practicality has nothing on passion. And as Ginger brings beauty into Greg’s world, how can she possibly resist the beauty he brings to hers?

Ginger Nielsen wasn’t happy with her office job anymore, answering to phone calls, locating budget-friendly janitorial services, informing co-workers to fill out paperwork for office supplies. Yes, such a mundane boring job, but she endured because it paid the bills and her sister’s whims. But all she wanted to do was create paintings, craft some art and design houses, but her mother didn’t approve because it won’t get her anywhere.

Enter amber eyed emergency doctor and gorgeous male specimen named Greg Shaffer and Ginger almost fell in love. Almost, but she didn’t pursue any feelings for him because she was afraid Greg would turn up into her father – no time for family, drowned his problems in misery and alcohol. No, she didn’t want that same experience ever again. So she turned down his advances and rejected any future feelings for him.

I love love love every book Susan Hatler writes. Everyone ends up with someone, happily ever after as they say, but each got a different story to tell. I am loving all her other series, and Up to Date doesn’t disappoint. Although at first I was having second thoughts about Ginger because there was so much negativity going on with her life. She’s not satisfied with her job and she’s so quick to think worst about other people, specifically Greg. In my mind, I was screaming at her, telling her to grow a backbone and all. In the end though, I smiled and sighed with satisfaction.

Susan Hatler sure knows how to appease my heart and I am always grateful for all the wonderful stories she writes. Would never get tired of reading all her books!

Review: Kiss Me at Willoughby Close by Kate Hewitt

Kiss Me at Willoughby Close
(Willoughby Close #4)
by Kate Hewitt

 

Welcome to Willoughby Close… a charming cluster of cozy cottages, each with a story to tell and a happy ending to deliver…

After her husband unexpectedly dies, Ava moves to Willoughby Close, trying to keep her chin up and herself to herself as she’s always done—not answering questions, not making friends, and not seeing much of a future. Her marriage was far from perfect, but it offered her a much-needed security that has now been ripped away. She’s not sure what to do now that she’s thirty-five, widowed, penniless… and unexpectedly pregnant with her late husband’s child.

Jace Tucker is the over-the-top sexy caretaker of Willoughby Manor, and he can see beneath Ava’s glamor girl act to the hurt she’s been hiding for so long. She has secrets for a reason—and so does he. The last thing she needs right now is a fling with a man who hides a past as regrettable as her own.

But with a baby to think about, and neighbors determined to be her friends, Ava finds herself starting to change and even more alarmingly, beginning to hope. Can Willoughby Close work its everyday magic on a woman like her? And when the past comes calling for both her and Jace, will they have to answer for their previous mistakes?

It was a sweet and charming story about a widow looking for a clean slate but afraid to trust people. And finally, the handyman/groundskeeper of Willoughby Close, Jace Tucker, had snagged himself quite a catch; if only she’d look her way.

I love the slow and burning romance between Ava Mitchell and Jace, it was a bit consuming on Ava’s end because she wasn’t that trusting and believing in other people after she’d been tagged as a gold digger by her stepchildren and had been ranked same with his late husband’s housekeeper. Yeah, her insecurities almost sucked out her life so I couldn’t blame the other tenants when they touted her as arrogant and quite full of herself. Eventually though, an olive branch was extended and Ava slowly picked up her life. Jace Tucker was definitely the man for him.

I am enjoying the Willoughby Close series and I can’t wait to read the next one! Kate Hewitt spins tales that are highly dramatic but also sweet and hot and fun to read! The kiss at the end is definitely worth it!