Royally Matched by Emma Chase

“I’ve never had someone who was just mine, body and soul—mine to protect and hold and love. And that’s what Sarah is…she belongs to me now. We belong to each other.”- Henry, Royally Matched

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Title: Royally Matched
Author: Emma Chase
Series: Royally
Publication Date: February 21, 2017
Publisher: Emma Chase, LLC

Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Nobles

Rating: ★★★★

Synopsis via Goodreads: Some men are born responsible, some men have responsibility thrust upon them. Henry John Edgar Thomas Pembrook, Prince of Wessco, just got the motherlode of all responsibility dumped in his regal lap.

He’s not handling it well.

Hoping to help her grandson to rise to the occasion, Queen Lenora agrees to give him “space”—but while the Queen’s away, the Prince will play. After a chance meeting with an American television producer, Henry finally makes a decision all on his own:

Welcome to Matched: Royal Edition.

A reality TV dating game show featuring twenty of the world’s most beautiful blue bloods gathered in the same castle. Only one will win the diamond tiara, only one will capture the handsome prince’s heart.

While Henry revels in the sexy, raunchy antics of the contestants as they fight, literally, for his affection, it’s the quiet, bespectacled girl in the corner—with the voice of an angel and a body that would tempt a saint—who catches his eye.

The more Henry gets to know Sarah Mirabelle Zinnia Von Titebottum, the more enamored he becomes of her simple beauty, her strength, her kind spirit… and her naughty sense of humor.

But Rome wasn’t built in a day—and irresponsible royals aren’t reformed overnight.

As he endeavors to right his wrongs, old words take on whole new meanings for the dashing Prince. Words like, Duty, Honor and most of all—Love.

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Mini Reviews: Disappointing Reads & A New-To-Me Author

A THOUSAND LETTERS by STACI HART

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“There is no length to love; it’s infinite. It lives in you always. Hold onto it.”

A Thousand Letters is a contemporary romance inspired by Jane Austen’s Persuasion and I am an absolute sucker for anything Austen inspired so I was excited to snatch this new release up. I adored Hart’s previous Austen-inspired novel, Wasted Words, and I was hoping I would enjoy this book as well. Unfortunately, the cover ended up being my only favorite thing about this book.

The last time Elliot Marie Kelly saw Wade Winters was seven years. They were once young and so in love, but when Wade decided to change their plans, Elliot was not on board. So he left for the army and never looked back. Now seven years later, Wade has finally returned home due to a family emergency and he and Elliot are brought together again. The old flame reignites between the pair and these two will have to decide if their love is worth a second shot.

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Making Faces by Amy Harmon

“Death is easy. Living is the hard part.”- Bailey, Making Faces

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Title: Making Faces
Author: Amy Harmon
Publication Date: February 21, 2017
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press

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*I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

Rating: ★★★★

Synopsis via Goodreads: Ambrose Young was beautiful. He was tall and muscular, with hair that touched his shoulders and eyes that burned right through you. The kind of beautiful that graced the covers of romance novels, and Fern Taylor would know. She’d been reading them since she was thirteen. But maybe because he was so beautiful he was never someone Fern thought she could have…until he wasn’t beautiful anymore.

Making Faces is the story of a small town where five young men go off to war, and only one comes back. It is the story of loss. Collective loss, individual loss, loss of beauty, loss of life, loss of identity. It is the tale of one girl’s love for a broken boy, and a wounded warrior’s love for an unremarkable girl. This is a story of friendship that overcomes heartache, heroism that defies the common definitions, and a modern tale of Beauty and the Beast where we discover that there is little beauty and a little beast in all of us.

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Pretty Face by Lucy Parker

“She was too young for him, she was contracted to his company, she was probably going to knock him unconscious at some point, and he was completely in love with her.”-Luc, Pretty Face

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Title: Pretty Face
Author: Lucy Parker
Series: London Celebrities
Publication Date: February 20, 2017
Publisher: Carina Press

Links: GoodreadsAmazon | Barnes & Nobles 

*I received an ARC from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

Rating: ★★★★½

Synopsis via Goodreads: Highly acclaimed, award-winning author of Act Like It Lucy Parker returns readers to the London stage with laugh-out-loud wit and plenty of drama

The play’s the fling

It’s not actress Lily Lamprey’s fault that she’s all curves and has the kind of voice that can fog up a camera lens. She wants to prove where her real talents lie—and that’s not on a casting couch, thank you. When she hears esteemed director Luc Savage is renovating a legendary West End theater for a lofty new production, she knows it could be her chance—if only Luc wasn’t so dictatorial, so bad-tempered and so incredibly sexy.

Luc Savage has respect, integrity and experience. He also has it bad for Lily. He’d be willing to dismiss it as a midlife crisis, but this exasperating, irresistible woman is actually a very talented actress. Unfortunately, their romance is not only raising questions about Lily’s suddenly rising career, it’s threatening Luc’s professional reputation. The course of true love never did run smooth. But if they’re not careful, it could bring down the curtain on both their careers…

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Top Ten Tuesday: All Time Favorite Second-Chance Romances

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Happy Valentine’s Day, Bookworms!

Top Ten Tuesday is a bookish meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s topic is All About Romance Tropes/Types. I decided to list my ALL-TIME FAVORITE second-chance romances since it’s my favorite romance trope ever and I’m listing the best-of-the best (according to yours truly of course) which is why there are only six books on this list and I totally recommend y’all check them out if you love second-chance romances too! 

Let’s begin!


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Riveted by Jay Crownover

“It happened fast in my family. We fell hard and we didn’t get up once we fell. We stayed down and we loved hard and deep.”-Dixie, Riveted

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Title: Riveted
Author: Jay Crownover
Series: Saints of Denver
Publication Date: February 14, 2017
Publisher: William Morrow

Links: GoodreadsAmazon | Barnes & Nobles 

*I received an ARC from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

Rating: ★★★★

Synopsis via Goodreads: From the New York Times bestselling author of the Marked Men books comes the next installment in the Saints of Denver series.

Everyone else in Dixie Carmichael’s life has made falling in love look easy, and now she is ready for her own chance at some of that happily ever after. Which means she’s done pining for the moody, silent former soldier who works with her at the bar that’s become her home away from home. Nope. No more chasing the hot as heck thundercloud of a man and no more waiting for Mr. Right to find her; she’s going hunting for him…even if she knows her heart is stuck on its stupid infatuation with Dash Churchill.

Denver has always been just a pit stop for Church on his way back to rural Mississippi. It was supposed to be simple, uneventful, but nothing could have prepared him for the bubbly, bouncy redhead with doe eyes and endless curves. Now he knows it’s time to get out of Denver, fast. For a man used to living in the shadows, the idea of spending his days in the sun is nothing short of terrifying.

When Dixie and Church find themselves caught up in a homecoming overshadowed with lies and danger, Dixie realizes that while falling in love is easy, loving takes a whole lot more work…especially when Mr. Right thinks he’s all wrong for you.

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Good Boy by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

“It’s been a long time since anything felt so fucking good. I’m drowning in this girl and I don’t want to be saved.”- Blake, Good Boy

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Title: Good Boy
Author: Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy
Series: WAGs
Publication Date: January 31, 2017
Publisher: Elle Kennedy Inc.

Links: GoodreadsAmazon | Barnes & Nobles 

Rating: ★★★★½

Synopsis via Goodreads: Hosting her brother’s wedding for an MVP guest list is the challenge of Jess Canning’s life. Already the family screw-up, she can’t afford to fail. And nobody (nobody!) can learn of the colossal mistake she made with the best man during a weak moment last spring. It was wrong, and there will not be a repeat. Absolutely not. Even if he is the sexiest thing on two legs.

Blake Riley sees the wedding as fate’s gift to him. Jess is the maid of honor and he’s the best man? Let the games begin. So what if he’s facing a little (fine, a lot) of resistance? He just needs to convince the stubborn blonde that he’s really a good boy with a bad rap. Luckily, every professional hockey player knows that you’ve got to make an effort if you want to score.

But Jess has more pressing issues to deal with than sexy-times with a giant man-child. Such as: Will the ceremony start on time, even though someone got grandma drunk? Does glitter ever belong at a wedding? And is it wrong to murder the best man?

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