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A Proposal They Can't Refuse by Natalie Caña [ALC]

A Proposal They Can't Refuse  has a wonderful selection of themes I adore in a book: food, family, culture (in this case hispanic), and two main characters impossible not to love. Oh, and some Irish Whiskey! Kamilah Vega is a fiery Puerto Rican chef determined to make her family's restaurant,  El Coquí,  succeed. She is hopeful that entering the Fall Foodie Tour will help put the restaurant on the map for good. Convincing her family however is a struggle, they are not too keen on the changes that would be necessary for a win. And even worse, they don't trust her to succeed.  The restaurant shares a building with a Distillery.  Liam Kane and his grandfather have turned their family Irish Distillery into a successful business and are hoping to win a national competition with their secret and new whisky blend. But just as they are about to get things going, his grandfather hits him with some horrible news: he has cancer, is not looking for treatment, and has his heart set on m

Always Practice Safe Hex (Stay a Spell #4) by Juliette Cross

Hello Hello friends! Who is ready for another Stay a Spell  book? Here is the blurb: Livvy Savoie is a people person. Not only does she have the magical gift of persuasion, but her natural charisma charms everyone she meets. She hasn’t met a person she didn’t like. Until her annoyingly brilliant competitor walks through the door. No matter how hard she denies it, loathing isn’t the only emotion she feels for him. Grim reaper Gareth Blackwater is rarely, if ever, moved beyond his broody, stoic state. But the witch he’s partnered with in the public relations contest is destroying his peace of mind. He’s convinced that the flesh-melting attraction he feels for her is merely her witchy magic at work. But forced proximity proves there is more than magic sparking between them. Livvy learns this enigmatic grim’s abilities are beyond any supernatural she has ever known. And when Livvy becomes the obsessive target of a dangerous warlock, Gareth proves just how powerful he truly is. Because no o

Never a Duke Grace Burrowes (Rogues to Riches #7) [arc review]

I absolutely adore this series, I will never be able to forget Quinn and Jane from the first book, My Only and Only Duke ,  and even less my favorite to date, Lord Stephen, from book 6, How to Catch a Duke . All the books in this series are very well written and have charming and lovable characters. It is often the case that one can pick up any book in a series like this and read that without having read the others. My one and only issue with Never a Duke  is that you really can't do that. There is an immense amount of focus on characters from previous books and it sadly distracts the reader from Ned and Lady Rosalind's love story. I love when previous characters make an appearance, but this was a just a tad too much. I was getting confused because liking it or not it is hard to keep 6 other couples straight in your head, especially when you read so many other books in between. It was just all a little too much. But, don't let that deter you from reading this beauty. As alw

Parks and Provocation (Green Valley Heroes #2) by Juliette Cross

Parks and Provocation Another Juliete Cross win! Can this author write a bad book? I think not. From where I stand SmartyPants Romance is lucky to have Juliette in their team! Blurb: Lola Landry stares through the window of her locked car with the keys in the ignition and the radio blaring Beck’s “Loser.” While standing there and sweltering in the soupy Tennessee humidity, she wonders how her orderly life had crashed and burned so badly. Then her high school nemesis saunters up in all of his tall, strapping, fireman-to-the-rescue glory, slapping her with the humiliating proof that it can always get worse. When the uber-confident Jedediah Lawson requests a date in return for popping her lock, a lightbulb goes off. Revenge is sweet. He would make the perfect victim—guest, that is—for her next podcast episode on Kiss and Tell. What shocks her is the casual way he not only agrees to the post-date interview on air, but ends up hijacking her audience and wooing them with his swoony, southern

The Warlord (Rise of the Warlords #1) by Gena Showalter

I discovered Gena Showalter long after her Lords of the Underworld series had started. I have those books, but I haven't read them all. I have however read many of her other smaller series. My favorite still the one that introduced me to her books in 2018, Shadow and Ice  (Gods of War).  The Warlord  is the start of a new series, but if you have read Lords of the Underworld  some bits will connect. It is not necessary you read them though, gods know I have not. They sit on my middle shelf and I stare at them daily, does that count? hehe Here is the blurb: For centuries, Taliyah Skyhawk has prepared to become Harpy General, leader of the deadliest female army in existence. One of the requirements? Remain a virgin. But, for a chance to save her people, she must wed the fearless leader of the Astra Planeta, Alaroc Phaethon. The time has come for Roc to sacrifice another virgin bride to his god. There has never been a woman alluring enough to tempt him from his path. No warrioress po

Wicked Beauty (Dark Olympus #3) by Katee Robert [arc review]

*A scorchingly hot modern retelling of Helen of Troy, Achilles, and Patroclus that's as sinful as it is sweet.*   And that right there is 100% accurate!  Wicked Beauty  is the third book in the series: - Neon Gods  (Dark Olympus #1) - Electric Idol  (Dark Olympus #2) -Wicked Beauty (dark Olympus #3) I've been a big fan of Katee Robert for a few years now, but I have to be honest and say that nothing has come even close to the O'Malley's for me. Not until now that is :) I wish I could direct you to reviews on that amazing series, but I didn't start posting romance reviews until 2017 and my first Katee review went live in 2018. You will just have to trust me on this, it is an amazing series and if you are looking for something to read while waiting for the next release in the Dark Olympus series, that is a great choice. Now back to Wicked Beauty!  The 'Hunger Games' vibe was strong. And I'm not one little bit upset about it. I love a spicy romance and a go

Meet Me in the Margins Melissa Ferguson with Talon David (Narrator)

Meet me in the Margins by @glimpses_of_my_books Meet me in the Margins  is a book lover's dream! A whimsical and delightful tale of how hard and how wonderful it is to work in the world of books. This book has passionate book editors, a heavenly ARC room (advanced reader's copy), book events, a hidden nook... I was sold from the start. Savanah works at a non-fiction publishing company that pretty much looks down at all fiction books, but specially anything as 'silly' as romance. She is great at her job, but she has a little secret: she wants to write fiction. Her first manuscript is ready to go. After having to leave her manuscript behind at work one day she finds out she is not the only one that uses the little hidden nook she found in the building. Someone else must know about it too. Someone that thought it was ok and acceptable to edit her manuscript. She finds comments and observations all over the first few pages of her manuscript. She ignores it and submits it an

Lucky Leap Day by Ann Marie Walker

Did you know that in Ireland, every four years, when February 29th comes around ladies can propose to their lovers and the gentlemen must say yes? I had no idea Americans didn't know that until recently. Well, it is an old Irish tradition that makes for some fun stories to tell and in this case, a very well written romantic comedy.  Lucky Leap Day  is the story of Cara, who after one too many whiskeys on Leap Day, proposes to her taxi driver - who also happens to be a musician in the Irish bar she ended up at during her last night in Ireland. She wakes up the morning after with a tin foil ring on her finger, a bad hangover, and a new husband. Because well, it was Leap Day, Finn could not reject such a proposal!  Cara has a flight in just a few hours that she cannot miss. The most important meeting of her career is waiting for her. So they do the most logical thing: Cara, Finn, and his dog, pack their bags and fly to the US. After all, it is much easier to annul a marriage if both p

Escaping His Grace (Gentlemen of Temptation #2) by Kristin Vayden

  An Oldie but Goodie :) Well, it is not that old, but if you are the kind of reader that is always on top of the new releases than perhaps it is a little. This 2019 title by Kristin Vayden was an outstanding historical romance!  The first book I read by this author was perfect for the store. We have a few historical romance lovers and a few of the older ladies don't love the more 'saucy' titles. So, although I liked the book, it lacked a little passion for me. That is not the case with this series at all! I am very lucky to have met this awesome human being and that she told me as much... I would have missed out in an amazing series and a fabulous Scottish man otherwise.  I don't ever tell you how to read your books, but just this once... AUDIOBOOK it! It is that verb? no? Oh well, I am making it one for the sake of this argument :) AUDIOBOOK it!!! The narrator for this series does a great job both with the voice and the accent.  I will not tell you about the story, I

The Cursed King (Inferno Rising #4) by Abigail Owen

This series has been an absolutely delight and I am so glad I've read it. The Rogue King , the first book in the series is still very much my favorite. I discovered Abigail Owen through that book and have read a few of her other books since, this series -obviously-, and others. I highly recommend you all give this wonderful author a try. Blurb: He will burn. She will rise. Airk Azdajah, the rightful King of the White Clan, spent half a millennium being tortured by the false High King Pytheios. The only reason he’s alive is a curse— the man to kill Airk will be consumed in his own fire. Which is why Pytheios kept Airk alive, barely, unable to shift in his prison cage, driving the creature half of him into madness. Airk escaped, but he’ll never be truly free. What good is a king who can never let his feral dragon loose, never fly, and never lead his people? He’s better off dead. Angelika Amon is the last unmated phoenix. The problem? She has no powers. Zip. Zilch. Angelika hates bein

Hunter's Hope (Vampire Motorcycle Club #2) by Alyssa Day

I had been waiting for this one since January. Bane's Choice ,  the first book in the series, was my first read of the year. I didn't plan for this series to be my first and last reads of 2021 but it is kind of cool that it worked out that way.   Here is the Blurb for Hunter's Hope : Hunter Evans risked his life again and again as a firefighter until the night he died saving a child...only to be reborn as a vampire. Now the man who lived his life as the quintessential “nice guy” must find a way to conquer the deadly urges that threaten to turn him feral. When his own actions put a beautiful woman in danger, he vows to protect her…even from himself. Alice Darlington has a secret of her own: she sees ghosts. She thought she’d done a good job of keeping it under wraps—until now. A terrible threat from her past is hunting her down in order to use her power for dark purposes. Now she’s on the run and doesn't know who to trust or where to go. When Hunter and Alice team up to