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Book Review: A Valentine’s Proposal

Their engagement is pretend
Cupid has other plans…

Wedding planner Mariah Van Delton has a plan to save the charming small town of Carter’s Crossing—by turning it into a romance destination! All Mariah needs is a very public Valentine’s Day proposal. And her only option? A fake one between her and the handsome town veterinarian and wedding hater, Nelson Carter. But a little charade between adversaries might just be the start of something undeniably real…

From Harlequin Heartwarming: Wholesome stories of love, compassion and belonging.

Cupid’s Crossing
Book 1: A Valentine’s Proposal

Book 2: A Fourth of July Proposal

Harlequin Friday review :

Small town contemporary romance fans will find themselves falling in love with Kim Findlay’s charming new tale that makes for perfect reading during the most romantic month of the year: A Valentine’s Proposal.

As a small town Vet and Wedding planner start a fake relationship that turns into love just in time for Valentine.

I’ve never read Kim Findlay’s contemporary romances before, but after reading A Valentine’s Proposal, I’ve certainly added her name to my auto-buy list. Kim Findlay writes with great humor and charm and in A Valentine’s Proposal has written a touching, witty and emotional page-turner featuring a heroine I adored and a gorgeous hero who will steal readers’ hearts.

Book Review: Falling for His Fake Girlfriend

Was she too much…or his perfect match?

Over-the-top Molly Cyrs hardly seems a match for bookish Callan Avery. But when Molly suggests they pose as a couple to assuage Stonefield’s anxiety about its new male librarian, his pretend paramour is all Callan can think about. Callan’s looking for a family, though, and kids aren’t in Molly’s story. Unless he can convince Molly that she’s not “too much”…and that to him, she’s just enough!

From Harlequin Special Edition: Believe in love. Overcome obstacles. Find happiness.

Sutton’s Place

Book 1: Her Hometown Man
Book 2: An Unexpected Cowboy
Book 3: Expecting Her Ex’s Baby
Book 4: Falling for His Fake Girlfriend
Book 5: Her Younger Man

ARC Book Review :

Stonefield New Hampshire doesn’t appear ready for Callan, the small town’s first male librarian. Molly, a fixture in the town, suggests she and Callan fake date. That way he’ll skate through his probationary period, and she’ll have a date for her friend Gwen’s wedding. Win win. The fake dating soon starts feeling like the real thing, but a philosophical deal breaker may make force their breakup despite their connection.

Molly makes a wonderful heroine. She’s quirky, likable, and relatable. Her ADHD is well portrayed as is her complicated relationship with her parents and her strong friendships with the Sutton sisters and Chelsea, the owner of the local coffee shop. Callan’s BFF Rome provides wonderful remote support though video chats. I’m hoping Chelsea finds a happy ever after in the next installment of the Sutton’s Place series.

Shielding His Christmas Witness : Book Review


Days away from testifying in a bank robbery and murder case, witness Kari Danville’s safe house is breached, forcing her to run for her life. Scared, alone and pregnant, her only hope for survival rests in the protection of FBI agent Marc Callahan. With everyone in uniform a suspect, Marc goes rogue to keep her alive. Deep in hiding as the holidays approach, the vulnerable mother-to-be proves a dangerous distraction. But Marc can’t lose another witness on his watch. As the Christmastime trial draws near, the killer stalks ever closer. And Marc must find a way to shield Kari—and her unborn baby—long enough for justice to be served.

book review

A suspenseful and inspiring story about finding love while on the run from criminal forces. The Callahan Confidential members of law enforcement are facing the criminals who are responsible for one young woman who is in danger. This was a incredible story about Brotherhood and inspiring hope and faith. Loved every single minute of this story.

This Friday I am Celebrating Christmas with Harlequin! lisa

Goodreads Friday Pick

If you check out my Goodreads list on the side of my blog- you will see I have been binge reading this book series. Perfect for the Halloween season its > Monster Between the Sheets

Watt and Bothered: Monster Between the Sheets ( Book one)

Having his beloved home town turn monstrous overnight was rough for Silas Adler. Even more difficult was finding out that he suddenly had the power to channel electricity…at the expense of being able to touch anyone.

Two decades later, he was stunned when Juniper Finch stumbled into his arms without being hurt. It was a lucky thing since Silas knew at first glance that Juniper was meant to be his.

My Godhead pick : 12 book seers with KU

This is a fun and sexy instant love series. This two hour read is perfect for a quick afternoon read for anyone who loves fairy tale romance or instant love romances. The Monsters will want you to move too Screaming Woods.

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A Pumpkin and a Patch 

Every person has that one thing they’re known for, and it doesn’t matter what you do, that one thing—whether good or bad—follows you around like a bloodhound for the rest of your life. For me it’s a story I wrote when I was fifteen. Forever more I will be known as the Reece the Rogue Pirate girl, instead of Josie Peterson. Why couldn’t I be known for all the cute children’s stories I’ve written about my family’s pumpkin patch?

Tragically, the torrid story I wrote as a teen was based on a real person, Reece Cavanaugh. And guess what? He grew up to be a pirate—okay, lawyer. Same thing. To make matters worse, the man is representing my ex-fiancé who wants to steal my treasure, aka engagement ring. If that wasn’t the icing on the cake, Reece has an adorable daughter who happens to be my new student. That’s right, I must now have actual conversations with him after avoiding him for half my life, even by hiding behind banana displays when needed. But the more I get to know Reece—the real version, not the imaginary one who ravishes me on sandy beaches—I can’t help but wish we could roll around in the sand together. There’s a problem though, the school I work for frowns upon relationships between parents and teachers. And it’s pumpkin season, which means all my free time is spent on the family farm. But when he kisses me, I can’t help wanting to break all the rules and get tangled up in the barn. The burning question is, am I brave enough to make my story a reality or will it be another bad ending?

From USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Peel comes a curl your toes and cuddle up with your favorite blanket and cocoa romantic comedy.

KU book pick :

Jennifer Peel writes a brilliant story that is filled with laughter and love. Josie has had a crazy crush on Reece since High School but after a story she wrote about him when she was 15 was shared in high school she’s had to live with the notoriety of being the pirate girl. Years later Josie comes face-to-face with Reece when he represents her ex, and then again when his daughter Andi becomes a student in her class. Gradually they become friends…
Jennifer writes such a heartfelt tale of embarrassment, first crushes, unrequited love, and how all that translates into adulthood. A worthy read this Holiday season.

Book Review: Always Be My Duchess

Lord Lysander Blackstone, the stern Duke of Montcroix, has only one interest: increasing his considerable fortune. After a series of betrayals, he keeps his emotions buried deep. Money, after all, can’t break a man’s heart—or make promises it can’t keep. But when his reputation for being heartless jeopardizes a new business deal, he finds himself seeking a most unusual—and alluring—solution . . . 

Once an up-and-coming ballerina, Miss Geneviève Valery is now hopelessly out of work. After refusing to become a wealthy patron’s mistress, Nève was promptly shown the door to the streets. When she accidentally saves the life of a handsome duke, she doubts the encounter will go any better than her last brush with nobility. But instead of propositioning her, Montcroix makes Nève an offer she would be a fool to refuse: act as his fake fiancée in exchange for fortune enough to start over.

Only neither is prepared when very real feelings begin to grow between them. They both stand to win . . . but only if they’re willing to risk their hearts.

book review (from Library)

Super fun, easy read with a lovable heroine and interesting hero.
The plot was very light, it would have been better if it had an antagonist, but I really enjoyed it and will read everything Amalie howard writes. Such a fun read.

2021 Reading Roundup

Happy Friday and today is the end of the month, the year. So Happy New year !

So many books.

Dec reads Holiday books

December reads where mainly holiday themed books. A mix of romance books and cozy mystery books. From Net Galley, library, kindle unlimited and Goodreads giveaways.

Goodreads reading challenge: I meet my goal of books. Total of 573 books read.

Book challenge 2021 and links

I enjoyed many reading challenge and read books from some of my favorite challenges. Its a fun way to discover new authors and books.

Link up

Whats new on the blog:

I made a few changes for the New Year!

Touch of Louisiana: local authors, books and books set in my home state.

Lisa Reading Challenges: a new theme each month.Check out my page for details.

Saturday Book Club: by request of library guest. We will be alternating between Cozy Mystry and Historical romance. And featuring fun reading challenge books and treats.

I am looking forward to an awsome 2022 . Reading what I love and sharing books with my blog readers. Happy New Year Lisa!

Book Review: Snowdrop Dreams, Cherry Thumbprint Screams

When Annie Barkley discovers a boy living in the attic of her cookie shop, she’s stunned—and oddly elated. She can almost believe the universe is giving her back the infant son she lost eleven years ago.

Annie senses that something bad happened to the boy, but he won’t talk. All she knows is that he’s terrified of being found. When her long-ago crush, police captain Sam Stern, stops by to inquire about a missing boy, Annie says she hasn’t seen him.

Big mistake. Because that lie might cost her more than a romance with Sam. It also leaves her vulnerable to a ruthless pursuer, one who’s determined to silence the boy for good.

Net Galley book review:

Another novella in the Christmas Cookie book series but with a twist. . Snowdrop Dreams, Cherry Thumbprint Screams is a romantic suspense with all the holiday feels. I simply adored this book. It has everything IThe storyline ran smoothly and the characters were realistic. The young boy in the story was lucky to be helped by the heroine, Annie Barkley. I wasn’t expecting the story to end the way it did but I was happy with it. It has everything I love in a holiday read plus gripping romantic suspense- I highly recommend you read it now.

Three Mini Book Reviews : Christmas Cookies Series

This Friday I am featuring 3 novella in the Christmas cookies series. Its a cute 54 book series featuring holiday cookies. Yum ! Enjoy these books.

In Landry, Wyoming, outspoken, bossy Dr. Bea Inseldorf secretly longs for a home and family of her own. She fills her life with caring for everyone else instead.
Widower Tate Reed is filled with bitterness and refuses to celebrate Christmas—his wife died in childbirth at the holiday several years ago. His young daughter misses her mother but also her father, who is no longer the happy, loving man he used to be.
Four days of isolation together in a ranch house and a batch of small round cookies magically change the lives of them all, starved for affection as they are, all seeking the same thing—happiness.

A Little Kringle Magic by Loretta C. Rogers is part of the Christmas Cookies releases. This is a sweet historical romance. I enjoyed the Christmas spirit in the book and the way Dr. Bea brought about a change of heart for Tate Reed.

For some women, having a gorgeous Irishman come for Christmas is like getting an unexpected gift. For Gina St. Ives, it was just another complication. Facing the loss of the family homestead, she wants to have a traditional holiday for the sake of little sister Emma. That includes finding a lost cookie recipe from their childhood.

Donal O’Brien is dismayed to find himself in the midst of sibling discord. Despite her brusqueness, Gina attracts him. And Emma is a kindred soul who believes in the supernatural. When strange things start happening, the St. Ives sisters and their handsome house guest have a mystery to solve. Is Nana’s missing recipe the answer?

The Great Christmas Jelly Cookie Hunt is a novella in the Christmas Cookies series.
Gina is trying to have one last holiday at the family home with her sister Emma. She wants to make a cookie that was a big part of their childhood but can not find her grandmothers recipe anywhere.

Baking enthusiast Livi Hanson never misses Jean-Marc’s online videos. Hoping to save money for pastry school, she agrees to nanny over Christmas break in Switzerland for generous overtime pay.

To expand his audience, pastry chef and internet star Jean-Marc Dobrinsky scores a contract for a network TV slot with one caveat: he needs an attractive co-host who equals him in the kitchen.

When she’s invited to bake with Jean-Marc, Livi must prove she has the culinary chops, and Jean-Marc must put aside his pride. Can they rise to the challenge, or will it flop?

It’s Christmas time in Europe with a famous pastry chef. Can life gets any better for an inspiring pastry chef when so finds all her dreams come true at Christmas time. Lisa

First Line Friday

Happy Friday & welcome to the First Line Friday link-up!
 Without further ado… it’s time to grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line.

Morning Hap, I said to Hap Hollister my dog Tilly and I entered his home and hardware store to deliver his mail. ” Morning ,Tees,Tilly Are you all set for your trip?

The entire Thomas family takes a Thanksgiving trip to a mountain cabin after Tess learns that her father visited the area every autumn to hunt and fish before his supposed death in a fiery truck accident. After arriving at the cabin, Tess and Tony, along with Mike and Bree, team up to investigate a suspicious death, while Tess and Tony secretly talk to people who live in the area and once knew her father. Hoping to finally find answers for her unanswered questions regarding her father’s current whereabouts, Tess widens her search which lead her to a startling realization.

Meanwhile, a stray dog seems intent on adopting Mike in spite of Mike’s insistence that there is no way he has room in his life for an energetic and mischievous puppy.