Saturday, September 30, 2017

Thick & Thin by Charlie Cochet (audiobook)

Title:  Thick & Thin
Author: Charlie Cochet
My Rating: A
Narrator: Mark Westfield

Genre: Paranormal Romance (m/m)
Series: Pucked #3
Main Characters: Dex and Sloane
Release Date: May 2017 (audiobook)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
In a matter of days, Dex has been kidnapped, tortured, killed, revived, become half Therian, offered the chance to become a spy, and accepted a proposal to marry his jaguar Therian boyfriend, Sloane Brodie. It’s been a lot to take in, and although Dex is still trying to wrap his head around everything that’s happened, he knows he has to move forward.

After the events of Smoke & Mirrors, Dex and Sloane find themselves in one of the most frightening situations of all: revealing the truth to their Destructive Delta family. When the dust settles, nothing will ever be the same, and it’s up to Dex to prove that in the face of change, the one thing that will always remain the same is family.

My Review:

Overall: 4.5
Performance: 4.25
Story: 4.5

This is a really short book...only a few hours of audio, but it was enough to give me a good taste of my boys and I was happy for that. This is a transition book. A lot happened in the last full-length novel and we needed some reactions from Dex and Sloane as well as how everyone around them reacts to the new developments. 

It isn't long, but it was emotionally satisfying. I do love Dex and Sloane and this is a good book showing just how strong they've grown in their relationship...finally. They've been through a lot and it's nice to finally see that to come through in how they're there for one another. 

I liked it. It's short, but it was well worth my audio credit. 

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Maybe This Christmas by Jennifer Snow

Title: Maybe This Christmas
Author: Jennifer Snow
My Rating: A-

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Colorado Ice #3
Main Characters: Asher and Emma
Release Date: September 2017
Publisher: Forever
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
All wrapped up . . . 

One more game. That's all that stands between NHL star Asher Westmore and a major career milestone. But then his brother bashes him against the hockey boards, sidelining him for months. Over Christmas holidays, no less. If staying off the ice doesn't drive him crazy, staying with his family will. The only bright spot amidst the mistletoe and twinkle lights: His best friend, Emma, is a physical therapist. And working out with her improves his body and his spirit.

One last time. Emma Callaway was in trouble the minute she and Asher added benefits to their friendship. How is she supposed to resist a funny, caring guy who makes her toes curl? Her heart was safe while he lived in a different state. Now that he's back home recuperating, though, it's only a matter of time before she blurts out her feelings. Emma's only hope is that with a little holiday magic, she'll get the best Christmas gift of all.
My Review:
Oooh, I really liked this story. In fact, I flew through reading it because I was enjoying it so much. Friends to lovers...um, yes, please.

Emma and Asher have been best friends for about ten years. They've been friends with benefits the last few of those. Emma is ready for more though. She realizes that she's fallen in love with Asher and knows that she can't keep that from him. She plans to confess, but then he gets hurt and things get complicated. 

Asher is a pro hockey player for the NHL. Emma used to be a pro snowboarder until she got hurt and retired. Asher thought she quit too easily and that's been a source of contention between them. What Emma doesn't realize though is why it bugs him so much. Asher thinks she's not going to wait for him in his pro career now that she's settling down in the real world. He thinks she's on the precipice of settling down with the picket fence and 2.5 kids and a dog, but that's not where she's at, at all.

Yes, she wants to be more than just a booty call, but that doesn't mean she wants to change who Asher is. This is an issue of two best friends reading too much into the situation without talking things through. It certainly doesn't help that they have family members butting into their lives, definitely making things much more difficult. I'll admit that was the one thing that really annoyed me about this book...the siblings. Asher's brother is a jerk and Emma's sister isn't much better. Gah...I really disliked them in this story.

But the romance worked for me. The setting was gorgeous...hello, snowy Colorado...and I loved that the characters are friends first. 

It was a great book and incredibly engaging. I started reading it, only planning to read one chapter, and didn't put it down again until I hit the end.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

Too Beautiful to Break by Tessa Bailey

Title: Too Beautiful to Break
Author: Tessa Bailey
My Rating: B+

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Romancing the Clarksons #4
Main Characters: Belmont and Sage
Release Date: September 2017
Publisher: Forever
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
A love of a lifetime . . .Leaving Belmont Clarkson is the hardest thing Sage Alexander has ever done. From the moment they met, she knew Belmont was the one, and getting up close and personal with him on his family's epic road trip has taken her desire to a new, even hotter level. But there's no way she can go there---not without revealing secrets that could devastate them both.

Losing Sage is not an option. Belmont's heart is hers, has alwaysbeen hers. He knows she's hiding something from him, but nothing will stand in his way of telling her just how much she means to him. Finding her is easy---saving her from her past could cost him everything.

***

The Romancing the Clarksons series
Book 1 - Too Hot to Handle (Rita and Jasper)
Book 2 - Too Wild to Tame (Aaron and Grace)
Book 3 - Too Hard to Forget (Peggy and Elliott)
Book 4 - Too Beautiful to Break (Belmont and Sage)

My Review:
I've been waiting for this book. Belmont is the oldest of the Clarksons. He seems to be the most damaged and the most withdrawn. He's the oddball, the Clarkson with the different father, the Clarkson who had something really traumatic happen to him. But he's also the Clarkson who's had his significant other along the entire trip...Sage.

Sage and Belmont are different. They rely on one another to survive. Belmont has lots of coping issues. He doesn't deal with change or strife well, but Sage keeps him on an even keel. But in this book, she's abandoning him, and he doesn't know what to do with that. In Belmont's mind, he's nothing without Sage there. 

Sage knows about codependence and she realizes that she and Belmont have that kind of relationship, which will end up hurting both of them. So she has to leave...besides her parents need her and Belmont can never know what her real world is like. 

This story was both profound and sweet and really difficult to read. Honestly, there is no one else for Sage or for Belmont. They are it for one another and as a result, they are each totally committed to keep the other safe. I loved that about them. I also adored that neither one of them have ANY experience when it comes to love. What's between them is totally pure and surprisingly hot. But watching Belmont struggle to function at the beginning of the book was hard. It's never spelled out, but I get the feeling that he's autistic or has Asperger's. He cannot handle change, and having Sage leave is the worst change that could happen to him. But he does the hard things...some of the impossibly hard things...for Sage, and that was a beautiful thing. Watching both characters willing to sacrifice everything for one another...pure romance. 

I've enjoyed this entire series and definitely recommend it. Each book has a totally different feel to the story, but the family story line ties them all together. You don't have to read them all, but I highly recommend that you do, just so you get the optimal enjoyment from the stories. I've enjoyed reading about all the Clarksons and am happy I got to go on this road trip of the heart with them.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

Completely by Ruthie Knox



Title: Completely
Author: Ruthie Knox
My Rating: B

Genre: Contemporary Adult
Series: New York #3
Main Characters: Rosemary and Kal
Release Date: September 2017
Publisher: Loveswept
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Everest. If they can make it there, they can make it anywhere. Maybe even New York, where Ruthie Knox takes her charming rom-com style to new heights.

Beneath her whole “classic English beauty” appearance is an indomitable spirit that has turned Rosemary Chamberlain into something of a celebrity mountain climber. But after an Everest excursion takes a deadly turn, Rosemary is rescued by her quick-thinking guide, New York native Kal Beckett. Rosemary’s brush with death brings out a primal need to celebrate life—and inspires a night of steamy sex with the rather gorgeous man who saved her.

The son of a famous female climber with a scandalous past, Kal Beckett is still trying to find himself. In the Zen state of mind where Kal spends most of his time, anything can happen—like making love to a fascinating stranger and setting off across the world with her the next morning. But as their lives collide in the whirlwind of passion that is New York City, the real adventure is clearly just beginning. . . .
 
My Review:
This was one of those books. I had huge, wide emotional fluctuations about what I thought about it throughout the book. At times I felt it was truly brilliant. At other times, I wondered if I was truly smart enough to get all the layers to the book and wondered at how much I was missing. Because this is a seriously deep book. And the characters are having deep emotional issues connecting with their true selves, so there was a bit of a disconnect. It is not your typical romance story (but then again, I don't think any of Ruthie Knox's books fall under that category).

This story starts out with a huge tragedy while Kal and Rosemary are on the 3rd stage of their climb up Everest. At that point, they've been on the mountain a while...they're oxygen deprived and not at their best mentally or physically anymore. Add in a huge traumatic event and neither of these characters was firing on all cylinders for the first few scenes. They weren't reacting the way that they should to anything and that kind of set the feel for the entire book. 

The characters feel lost throughout so much of the book. It's only their connection to one another that keeps them grounded in this week or two of their lives. As a result, I'm not sure I ever knew them. In fact, I'm not sure the author quite connected with them completely either which may have caused some of the disconnect in the book. 

The theme for the story is amazing. It is all about finding one's true self, but not giving that up for the sake of love or anything else. It's a great theme. It just lost a little something in the execution. 

Like I said, there were moments when the brilliance shone through and I thought this book was one of the most amazing things I'd ever read. The problem was...I could never get a complete read on the characters, especially Rosemary who really held herself back throughout the story. She's British and in her own words "has spent her life as wallpaper". I wanted to like her and empathize with her confusion, but I think she sabotaged things just one too many times for me. She was still way too messed up and willing to fade into the wallpaper for way too long in the book. Those scenes with her daughter in Wisconsin drove me nuts. At that point in time, I felt like she should be coming into herself. When it did happen, it was just a little too late for me to believe that she had a chance for staying true into the future.

I adored Kal, but other than being traumatized, I had a hard time getting a real read on what his dilemma was with his original goals. It felt like it went beyond what I could read into it, but I never was able to fully grasp his issues. He's Sherpa and has spent his life trying to make things better in this country. Two years before this, all his plans fell to ruin when an earthquake struck and devastated Nepal. He lost his way, but I never could figure out exactly why that was. It felt like it wasn't truly about the earthquake, but I couldn't pinpoint what caused his loss of focus. 

But there are other issues that go into his story...his indomitable mother who spent her life beaten by his world famous father. The whole story of the his father's death and his mother's final climb...it was an incredible story and so huge to the overall theme, (the whole "no one saw her" gutted me and I loved that whole scene and the following one in the garage...pure brilliant writing) but I didn't ever get the full brunt of Kal's reaction to it. That relationship between his parents felt huge in his life, but nothing seemed to change for him mentally once he knew the true story. Again...there was that disconnect. 

And this has turned into a long rambling review...which honestly maybe apropos for the book. Summing it up...brilliant theme, but maybe I missed something because I felt like the book was missing a little bit of something, too.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

Second Chance Girl by Susan Mallery

Title: Second Chance Girl
Author: Susan Mallery
My Rating: A+

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Happily, Inc #2
Main Characters: Carol and Matthias
Release Date: September 2017
Publisher: Harlequin
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
A touching modern fairy tale that won't let go of your heart, from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Fool's Gold romances! 

Mathias Mitchell's easy smile hides a world of hurt. After the worst kind of family betrayal, he moves to Happily Inc., California—the wedding destination town supplies a steady stream of bridesmaids, perfect for his "no promises, no pain" lifestyle. Yet he can't stop watching for his beautiful, elusive neighbor on the animal preserve behind their homes. 

Gamekeeper Carol Lund knows she's not special enough to attract an alpha male like Mathias, so his offer to help her adopt a herd for her lonely giraffe is surprising—and his determined seduction, even more so. But just as she finally welcomes him into her bed, his careless actions crush her heart. Will she give him a second chance to prove she'll always come first in his heart?

My Review:
I loved, loved, loved this book. OMG, such an unlikely couple, but they were so awesome together. 

Matthias is the resident man-whore. He's all about hooking up with all the bridesmaids in this book. In fact, the first scene where he interacts with Carol in the book he reeks of a bridesmaid's perfume. It's definitely not the typical start to a Susan Mallery book, but dang, it's good. Because from there Matthias and Carol move into friendship that oh so slowly and sweetly evolves into something with a hint at more. This is a slow build story. Matthias is the resident manwhore because he has issues...issues that hurt to read. He's been rejected...and that final rejection from his twin (gah...this whole story line KILLS ME...so, so good), left hard, lasting marks on Matthias's ability to put himself out there. He has no desire to be hurt by someone he loves ever again. So, he does everything he can to avoid love.

On the other hand, there's Carol. She's the game-warden at her father and uncle's wildlife refuge. She works with large animals all day...it's not a glamorous or sexy job, but that's okay, she's never been a glamorous or sexy girl. Sure, she's attracted to Matthias...everyone is...he's gorgeous, but she's realistic about who she is and who Matthias is and who they are to one another. There's no way it will ever be anything, so it's fun to fantasize.

At the heart of this story though is Millie, the lonely giraffe, who needs a herd. Because even giraffes need love in their lives. Carol's goal is to raise enough money to be able to buy and care for several more giraffes so Millie won't be sad. And that's where the art comes in...Matthias's art, his former twin brother Ronan's art, their father's art (ugh...I really can't deal with this character and I know that we're supposed to hate him, but omg, please let his wife or someone put him in his place...maybe Ronan's book...there better be a book coming for Ronan, PLEASE!). But anyway everyone brings art to be auctioned to raise money for Millie's herd. 

My favorite part of this book though was Matthias's art and the evolution of his creating his sculpture for Carol. For so long Matthias has denied that part of himself, because of his horrific father's narcissism and flat-out abuse that destroyed art for Matthias. I loved that he found that again. So many of those scenes where he was sketching and working to create the perfect Carol and Millie spoke to me...so much love shown just through that alone. I loved it. 

This was a fabulously fun, emotional book. There's also a really interesting subplot and romance for Violet, Carol's button selling sister and an English duke. Really all good fun!

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Rank & File by L.A. Witt

Title: Rank & File
Author: L.A. Witt
My Rating: A

Genre: Military Romance (m/m)
Series: Anchor Point #4
Main Characters: Will and Brent
Release Date: September 2017
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Senior Chief Will Curtis is as straitlaced as they come. While his fellow Sailors have partied their way through their enlistments, he’s had his eye on the prize—making master chief and retiring after thirty years of service.

Lieutenant Brent Jameson is a Navy brat turned Annapolis grad. He’s lived and breathed the military his whole life, and he knows he’s destined for great things—once he’s done paying his dues at the bottom of the ladder.

When their paths cross, both men know better than to give in to temptation, but that doesn’t stop them. It also doesn’t keep them from coming back for more, even though being discovered would sink their careers. Something has to give—Will can retire, Brent can resign, or they’ll both face court-martial.

But there’s also the option neither wants to acknowledge: jump ship and walk away from each other instead of ending their careers over a fledgling relationship. And they should probably decide before they fall in love.

Except—too late.
 


My Review:
I've loved this series, but I think this is my favorite book in the series so far. I loved this story.

We've met Will before. He was in at least one of the other books...when his boyfriend of six years cheated on him. He's been heartbroken, but in this book, he's getting used to the idea of getting back in the dating game...or at least some sex. 

Brent is also looking to get laid, but his attempt ends in disastrous results which is how he meets Will, a military cop. Yeah, it's not your typical meet-cute...hehe.

There's instant attraction, but they have a major issue...Brent is a lieutenant, Will is enlisted. Those two are NOT allowed to mix in the military. It could cost both these guys their careers. But, dang, these two are combustible together. I loved this book so much. It was the perfect balance of incredibly sexy, hot scenes, and slow build-up of the romance/friendship.

The conflict didn't feel construed at all. This is a reality in the military. I really, really loved the story. Both the characters were really well developed. It was awesome to get to watch them fall in love and work through their conflict. 

I highly recommend this one! Highly...and don't worry, you don't have to read the whole series. Each book works as a standalone.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Empty Net by Avon Gale (audiobook)

Title:  Empty Net
Author: Avon Gale
My Rating: A
Narrator: Scott R. Smith

Genre: New Adult Romance (m/m)
Series: Scoring Chances #4
Main Characters: Isaac and Laurent
Release Date: January 2017 (audiobook)
Publisher: Dreamspinner
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Spartanburg Spitfires’ goalie and captain Isaac Drake ended last season with an unexpected trip to the playoffs. He’s found a home and family with his coach and mentor, Misha Samarin, and he’s looking forward to making a serious run for the Kelly Cup. But things take an interesting turn when Isaac’s archnemesis, Laurent St. Savoy, is traded to the Spitfires. After Laurent’s despicable behavior in the playoffs last year, Isaac wants nothing to do with him – no matter how gorgeous he is. But that changes when Isaac discovers the reason for Laurent’s attitude.

Laurent St. Savoy grew up the only son of a legendary NHL goalie in a household rife with abuse, constantly treated like a disappointment on and off the ice. When a desperate attempt to escape his father’s tyranny sends him to the Spitfires, the last thing Laurent wants is to make friends. But there’s something about Isaac Drake that he can’t resist, and Laurent has an opportunity to explore his sexuality for the first time, but he’s cracking under end-of-the season pressures. When facing the playoffs and a rivalry turned personal vendetta, Isaac’s not sure he’s enough to hold Laurent—or their relationship—together.

Please be advised: This book does contain some non-graphic references to past childhood physical/emotional abuse as well as issues relating to ED (bulimia and restricted eating, disordered thoughts about eating).


My Review:
Overall: 4.5
Performance: 4.5
Story: 4.75

I do love this series, but wow...this installment surpassed my high expectations. It was such a good story. 

Laurent is a character that we've known (and hated) from one of the other books. He was traded to the Spitfires after an awful ending to their game last year where he spit in Isaac's face. But as it is with the most angst-filled characters...there are very good reasons for his actions, even if they are still unforgivable. Laurent had an incredible character arc in this book. My heart broke for him as his story unfolded, but I love that Isaac gave him a chance, when he really shouldn't have.

And that brings us to Isaac, who is an incredible character. I challenge you to not fall in love with him. He's just such a good guy and I love how he handles Laurent. Laurent has tons of serious issues, but Isaac handles him with patience and empathy. He sees when Laurent is about to do or say something stupid and always manages to pull him back from that edge beautifully. 

I loved this story so, so much. I loved how big of a part coaches, Max and Misha, played in the story as I truly love them and how they take care of their team. It was simply a great audiobook. I highly recommend it. 


Friday, September 22, 2017

For A Rainy Afternoon by RJ Scott (audiobook)


Title:  For A Rainy Afternoon
Author: RJ Scott
My Rating: B
Narrator: Ian Gordon

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: Tales of the Curious Cookbook
Main Characters: Robbie and Jason
Release Date: September 2015 (audiobook)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
Robbie MacIntyre manages a small post office in the old Station House on the outskirts of sleepy Barton Hartshourn northwest of London. He’s stunned when the owner, Maggie, a close friend, bequeaths him not only the post office, but also Station House. 

The rest of her estate is left to an American writer, Jason Young, and when he moves to the village, Robbie is thrown by the attraction he has for the man who has more of a claim on the Station House than he does.

Then there is a box that holds several rare first editions and a cookbook. Only when the secrets of the ingredients in a particular recipe are finally revealed does everything begin to make sense, and a love cut short seventy years earlier is finally discovered.
My Quickie Review:
Overall: 3.5
Performance: 3.25
Story: 3.5

This was a quick, quirky little story. Robbie lives in a tiny little English village where he runs the local post office. When his benefactor dies, her death brings some interesting changes...most notably his new neighbor, Jason. 

This one was different from the other two stories that I've read in this anthology in that this one is set in England. Having lived in England for two years where I remember the tiny little villages just like this one with fondness, reading this book was like a little mini-vacay back there. I loved that aspect of it. 

It's a quick story, a sweet romance, and a fun diversion for a couple of hours.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Rogue Soldier by Jamie Lynn Miller

Title: Rogue Soldier
Author: Jamie Lynn Miller
My Rating: B

Genre: Military Suspense (m/m)
Series: Shadow Unit #2
Main Characters: Connor and Shawn
Release Date: September 2016
Publisher: 
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity:  spicy

Story Overview:
Shadow Unit may have overturned the illegal arms cartel in Kuala Lumpur, but the harrowing undercover op left emotional scars on Sergeants Shawn Weller and Connor Finley. Slowly, patiently, they piece their partnership back together, closer now than ever before.

Until a new mission threatens to tear them apart.

When Connor accidentally kills a civilian, he questions his job, his abilities, his worth. A timely offer of promotion seems his only way out, even though it means transferring out of Shadow Unit and away from Shawn.

The arrival of Julian Montgomery, Shawn's former CIA handler and lover, further strains their relationship. Julian knows all of Shawn's secrets as well as the past Shawn has kept hidden from Connor. Now the self-serving Julian wants Shawn back--with the CIA and with him. No one will get in his way. Including Connor.

When the joint Shadow Unit/CIA mission to stop the supplier of a deadly biological weapon goes sideways, Connor is captured, tortured, and used as a human test subject. It's a race against time to save his life. But who can Shawn trust?

And who has gone rogue?

Missed Shawn and Connor's earlier adventures? Read BROKEN SOLDIER, available from your favorite retailer.

My Review:

I'll admit right off the top here that there are a few series that I read for the secret pleasure. This series is one of those. There's nothing even remotely believable about the military setup, but I'm okay with putting disbelief aside to read this one...because flat out, I enjoy the books. I like Connor and Shawn and the drama in their oh-so-very-fake lives. I'm okay with that. I know what I'm going to get going into the story. ;)

This book isn't quite as harsh as the first book in the series in the details of the mission the guys are on, but that doesn't mean it's not harrowing...because it really, really is. I bought this book and planned on just reading a chapter or two. A few hours later, I closed out the book on my kindle...completely finished with it. I honestly had no intention of doing that today. I had other things to get done, but that is the allure of these stories. They suck you in and you can't look away. 

While I didn't enjoy this one quite as much as the first, I did still find it riveting and can't wait to dive into book #3 in the series....AFTER I get my work done...LOL

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Sugar Pine Trail by RaeAnne Thayne

Title: Sugar Pine Trail
Author: RaeAnne Thayne
My Rating: A-

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Haven Point #7
Main Characters: Julia and Jamie
Release Date: September 2017
Publisher: Harlequin
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: mild

Story Overview:
An unlikely attraction brings comfort, joy and unforgettable romance this holiday season!

Librarian Julia Winston is ready to ditch the quiet existence she's been living. She's made a list of new things to experience, but falling for Jamie Caine, her sexy military pilot neighbor, isn't one of them. Julia's looking to conquer life, not become the heartbreaker's latest conquest. But when two young brothers wind up in Julia's care for the holidays, she'll take any help she can get—even Jamie's. 

Happy to step in, Jamie reveals a side of himself that's much harder to resist. Not only is he fantastic with kids, he provides the strength Julia needs to tackle her list. She knows their temporary family can't last beyond the holidays, but the closer she gets to Jamie, the more she wonders if things could be this merry and bright forever…

My Review:
Aww, this book made me cry (and I was finishing reading it in the middle of a group of parents waiting for kids at gymnastics, so it wasn't exactly an opportune time to be bawling over a book). So, yeah...crying is an automatic recommendation from me. A book with characters that will move me to that point is a really well developed and written book.

So, this book...first of all...for book lovers everywhere, this one features a librarian as the heroine. And Julia is a bit of a stereotypic librarian. She's a homebody living in her big, rambling Victorian house with the three cats that she inherited from her mom. 

Jamie moved into her upstairs apartment as a temporary thing while his condo was getting finished. Jamie is fairly famous for both his charm and not sticking. He's not looking for a relationship. Julia has had a crush on him for years, and he doesn't remember ever meeting her although they've met several times. Yeah, it's sad. He's not a bad guy. He's just that good looking and personable...and Julia is not. 

But this change in living arrangements is not the only huge change in Julia's life. She finds two young boys in her library and things become even more of an upheaval. 

There are so many sweet moments in this book. There are two young boys kind of lost in this world, as well as two adults that didn't realize that they were both kind of fumbling through, too. Add in the holidays and I loved it.

It's definitely a sweet romance and I enjoyed reading it.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.