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Nick and Noel’s Christmas Playlist: Book Review


Curl up this Christmas with a sparkling romance filled with:

  • Irresistible friends-to-lovers romance
  • The kiss that changed everything
  • Warm nights on the family Christmas tree farm
  • All your favorite Christmas songs!

Nick Winter is just out of the military, and his Christmas homecoming is not going as planned. What was supposed to be a memorable holiday with his long-time girlfriend goes sour when he learns she cheated on him while he was stationed overseas. At least Nick can rely on his usual shift at the family Christmas tree farm with his best friend, Noel Carter, and her endless supply of Christmas tunes to lift his spirits. A night of fun together is just what he needs to forget about his ex.

But then they kiss. And it feels…so right.

If Noel can turn Nick’s Blue Christmas merry and bright, this might be the last Christmas Nick spends with a broken heart. This year, they’ll be Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree as a couple—as long as Nick’s ex doesn’t go standing under any mistletoe.

“Codi Hall brings all the feels.”—Monica Murphy, New York Times bestselling author

book review:

This was a very sweet and down to earth read. It was really lovely to cozy up in a blanket and read with either a glass of wine or a steaming hot cup of tea. Super enjoyable and I will be reading more Codi Hall in the future!

Book Review: UnLucky Christmas:

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and Whitney Cortland is ready to celebrate the holiday season with an extra special someone. Unfortunately, a series of shocking events quickly turns her joyful vision of the holidays into disappointment.
Her attempts to drown her sorrows with some retail therapy leads to meeting an equally holiday – obsessed new friend, Macy, who is determined to help raise Whitney’s spirits.
What Whitney doesn’t expect is how Macy’s older brother Grant could be such a grinch, not at all interested in the magic of the holiday season. Their first encounter doesn’t go well, and Whitney wonders how the siblings could be related. Whitney and Grant seem to have a mutual dislike for one another, or do they? As Whitney tries to change up her luck, she finds herself in Grant’s orbit more often than she wants.
With everything around her feeling out of control, Whitney wonders if this might be her unluckiest Christmas ever … or is her luck is just beginning?

Kick off the holiday season with this new swoony romantic comedy from USA Today bestselling author Melissa Baldwin!

KU Book Review:

Quick. Uplifting. Makes you smile. Holidays are hard for a lot of people but this story gives us a glimpse that life can be good following life changing events. This would make the perfect Hallmark Christmas movie (hint hint). You know how it’s going to end before you start. Enjoy!

Book Review : Kiss My Cupcake 

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As two neighborhood shop owners battle for business, they prove opposites attract in this “deliciously sweet and savory new romantic comedy” (USA Today bestselling author Abby Jimenez). Blaire Calloway has planned every Instagram-worthy moment of her cupcake and cocktails shop launch down to the tiniest detail. What she didn’t plan on? Ronan Knight and his old-school sports bar next door opening on the very same day. He may be super swoony, but Blaire hasn’t spent years obsessing over buttercream and bourbon to have him ruin her chance at success. From axe throwing (his place) to frosting contests (hers), Blaire and Ronan are constantly trying to one-up each other in a battle to win new customers. But with every clash, there’s also an undeniable chemistry. When an even bigger threat to their business comes to town, they’re forced to call a temporary time-out on their own war and work together. And the more time Blaire spends getting to know the real Ronan, the more she wonders if it’s possible to have her cupcake and eat it too. Kiss My Cupcake is a laugh-out-loud romance full of charm, wit and magic. Ronan and Blaire will have you fall in love with their story from their very first encounter. A thoroughly delicious read.” –LJ Shen, USA Today bestselling author “With a sweet, sassy heroine and a deliciously sexy hero, Kiss My Cupcake is romantic comedy perfection!” — Melanie Harlow, USA Today bestselling author

Library Loan Day :

As always with a Helena story this story is not only beautifully written it has a huge amount of craziness and banter thrown in along the way.
Blaire is setting up her own cupcake and cocktail shop and is determined to do it all by herself without her overbearing crazy family getting involved when it’s all thrown into turmoil when the bar next door opens up playing loud music and causing general havoc.
Spit fire Blaire head round to give em hell but when she sets her eyes on hot hunk Ronan she nearly loses her tongue! Cue weeks of pranks.. jokes.. and intense chemistry from them both leaving you begging for a HEA for them.
Devoured this story so quickly as didn’t want to put it down! Check this book out at your local Library ! Lisa

Happy National Vanilla Cupcake Day ! Need a recipe https://natashaskitchen.com/perfect-vanilla-cupcake-recipe/

Book Review : Cookie Bait

The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach…

At least, that’s what my best friend Tessa tells me when she wrangles me into testing out her latest alternative to dating apps. She believes that a little cookie bribery is all it takes to land Prince Charming.

It’s up to me to protect Tessa from herself and the entire male population of Cache Valley from her baking.

When Tessa has a cookie emergency, I dash to her rescue, only to run into (literally) the most attractive man I’ve ever seen.

It wouldn’t have been a problem if there hadn’t been sparks (there were) and I didn’t dump my cookies and dash like a baked goods Cinderella (I did). Luckily, I will never see him again and have to relive that embarrassment.

That is, until my Cookie Prince Charming starts working in the department next to mine.

I was out to prove Tessa wrong, but what if the man I accidentally cookie baited is Mr. Right?

KU Book Review :

This was a quick, fun read. It is perfect for snuggling up on the couch with a cup of hot cocoa and chocolate chip cookies on a cold day.

I instantly feel in love with the main characters, Harper and Blake. Their meet-cute is one of my favorites in the clean romcom genre. The supporting characters were well written in this book. I really hope the two friends get their own story. This book doesn’t have a third act conflict that causes the characters to break up. It was so refreshing to see the main characters work through the difficult time at the end instead of breaking up. Put this book on your KU Wish list you will enjoy the Read.

It’s all about Cookies !

Coming in December : Our annual Virtual Cook Exchange at Lisa Everyday Life . I will have highlights on my Lagniappe page here. With some fun Christmas cookies books. Lisa

Book Review: Meet Me Under the Mistletoe

A city bookshop owner heads to the English countryside for a holiday reunion— only to face her childhood enemy.

Elinor Noel—Nory for short—is quite content running her secondhand bookshop in London. Forever torn between her working-class upbringing and her classmates’ extravagant lifestyles at the posh private school she attended on scholarship, Nory has finally figured out how to keep both at equal distance. So when two of her oldest friends invite their whole gang to spend the time leading up to their wedding together at the castle near their old school, Nory must prepare herself for an emotionally complicated few days.
 
The reunion brings back fond memories, but also requires Nory to dodge an ill-advised former fling. When she falls quite literally into the arms of Isaac, the castle’s head gardener, who has nothing but contempt for the “snobby prep school kids,” the attraction between them is undeniable. And as Nory spends more time with Isaac during the wedding festivities, she finds herself falling hard for the boy she used to consider an enemy. Nory and Isaac explore their common ground, but pressures mount on all sides, and Nory must decide what kind of life she wants to live and what sort of love is worth the risk .

Library Book Review:

Meet Me Under the Mistletoe is the second book I’ve read by Jenny Bayliss. Like The Twelve Dates of Christmas, it was a delight to read.

MMUM brings a group of friends together for a wedding at an old castle in Nory’s hometown. Nory, the proprietor of a book store in London is a woman who grew up in and around the old castle where her parents worked. Bridging the gap between her well-off friends she made at a high-end boarding school and her working class family, she teetered between the two worlds, though was welcomed by both.The romance is a slow burn but worth the wait. Mistletoe was a great story of family, friendship, and love, and the ending left me with happy tears in my eyes.

Book Review : You, Me and Italy



Maisie Knight had it all. A gorgeous husband. A successful business. A beautiful home. Until one day, after walking into the storeroom of their shop, she loses it all at once – catching her husband cheating on her with the girl from Checkout 3. So when she wins a holiday to Italy, a week under the Tuscan sun couldn’t come soon enough.

Treating best friends Cheryl and Emma to a girls’ trip, the terracotta-roofed Villa Marisa on a rustic farm awaits them. The fields of golden sunflowers could be the perfect cure for Maisie’s broken heart – and local farmer, suspiciously perfect Gianni, with his thick black hair and twinkling brown eyes, is a welcome distraction from her broken heart.

Mornings waking up to freshly brewed coffee and views of the rolling hills, moped rides with cheeky Italians, and feasts of prosecco and pasta help Maisie forget her troubles. After all her heartache, she’s surprised when she starts opening up to Gianni – she’s even more surprised when the temperature rises and it’s not just the rays of the Italian sunshine…

Maisie could get used to the good life. But just as she’s getting her spark back, disaster strikes. The next thing she knows, her past is catching up with her, reopening old wounds, and Maisie has a life-changing decision to make. Should she say ciao to her summer of love and limoncello?

A laugh-out-loud page turner about second chances, finding happiness when you least expect it and the restorative power of Italian food! Fans of Carole Matthews and Sophie Kinsella will be totally hooked by You, Me and Italy.

KU Book Review:

I just finished this wonderful “feel good” book, wishing I could be in Tuscany- it’s a mix of rain and wet snow outside right now where I live. Yuck!!!!
I LOVED the characters in this story, which moves right along. Combine the beautiful personalities of the main characters with exquisite descriptions of the Tuscany countryside and nearby villages and cities that are close to where the 3 friends are staying- just makes you feel as though you’re there and that you want to spend time with these friends!!!!! A story of love- lost and found, new beginnings, and finding one’s real self! This is my first book by this author, and I am eagerly anticipating my next book by her! ALWAYS fun to find new authors to enjoy and recommend to others!

Book Review: Twenty-One Nights in Paris:

‘An utterly gorgeous romantic read. It made me want to pack my bags for Paris!’ Sandy Barker 

Irena and Sacha come from two very different worlds.

An heiress to a fortune, Ren’s home-from-home is the Ritz, while the handsome and brooding Sacha has grown up in Paris’s less salubrious suburbs.  So when an accident brings them together, romance seems an unlikely outcome.

When Ren’s society engagement reaches a very public end, Irena’s over-protective grandmother wants her home in London.  Ren needs an excuse to stay in Paris, and so after some persuasion, Sacha agrees to pose as her new boyfriend. But only for the twenty-one days Ren’s grandmother has allowed her to nurse her broken heart before heading home to face the music.

Over the course of three weeks, Ren realises the world outside her exclusive bubble is more beautiful than she could have imagined.  While Sacha reluctantly begins to see the goodness of the woman behind the wealth. When their time is up, will Ren want to return to her gilded cage, and will Sacha be able to let go of the woman he’s been ‘pretending’ to fall in love with…

Let Leonie Mack whisk you off the City of Lights for a tale of love against the odds, and of following your dreams.  Perfect for fans of Mandy Baggot, Jo Thomas and Sarah Morgan.

Book Review:

A great read about a fake romance for 21 days in Paris. The City of Love works it’s magic on this cute couple of Irena and Sacha.. As Irena founds herself and Sacha finds the real women in Irena and not the fake she shows to the world. Read for an uplifting book about opposite attracts and the magic of love in Paris.

Book Review: Take It from Me:

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A humorous and heartwarming novel about friendship and all its little secrets by 
Wall Street Journal bestselling author Jamie Beck.

Wendy Moore hides her collection of pilfered bric-a-brac from everyone, including her husband. He thinks she licked her kleptomania in therapy more than a decade ago. Therapy did help, as did focusing her attention on motherhood. But now Wendy’s gardening and furniture-refinishing hobbies fill up only so much of the day, leaving the recent empty nester lonely and anxious—a combination likely to trigger her little problem. She needs a project, fast. Luckily, Harper Ross—a single, childless younger woman in desperate need of highlights—just moved in next door.

The only thing Harper wants to change is the writer’s block toppling her confidence and career. Then a muse comes knocking. Sensing fodder for a new antagonist, Harper plays along with Wendy’s “helpful” advice while keeping her career a secret so Wendy keeps talking. Sure, she’s torn about profiting off her neighbor’s goodwill—especially when Wendy’s matchmaking actually pans out—but Harper’s novel is practically writing itself.

Just as a real friendship begins to cement, their deceptions come to light, threatening Wendy’s and Harper’s futures and forcing them to reconcile who they are with who they want to be. Easier said than done.

KU Book Review:

I needed something fun and light with good characters and a good plot to read during the weekend. And this was it! It made me think about some of my own life and career decisions, my relationships with friends and family, my expectations etc. I enjoyed it very much!

RELEASE BLITZ – Irresistible Trouble by Pippa Grant




Title: Irresistible Trouble
Series: Copper Valley Fireballs #4
Author: Pippa Grant
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: September 29, 2022


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I, Cooper Rock, baseball god, worshipper of women, hometown hero, beloved son and brother, and owner of a well-deserved ego, have always reached for the stars. Usually in baseball.

In love? Nah. When you’ve played the field as much as I have and haven’t been bit by the bug, you’re immune.

Or so I thought until she walked back into my life.

Waverly Sweet. Pop music sensation. Universally beloved for good reason. She’s freaking awesome. Kind. Funny. Talented. Sexy as hell. Real. And still completely out of my league.

But I have been hit by the Waverly Sweet tour bus of love, tumbled head over heels, and come up in a field of Waverly-scented roses. This is it. She’s my one and only, and this time, I won’t screw it up.

I’m cleaning up my reputation. I’m ignoring the doubters. I’m channeling everything I have into proving to her that I can be the man she deserves.

No matter what else I have to sacrifice for love.

Including baseball.

Irresistible Trouble is a hilarious home run of a romcom about a baseball player whose ego is catching up to him, a pop star who’s a bit of a hot mess when the cameras aren’t looking (and sometimes when they are), and the kind of family and teammates that everyone deserves… in small doses. While this laugh-out-loud romance stands alone with a sweet-swoony HEA, you won’t go wrong if you dive into the entire Fireballs series, starting with Jock Blocked, first. And for more Cooper Rock cameos, check out Master Baker (a standalone featuring Cooper’s brother) and the Bro Code series.







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Book Review: Sadie on a Plate 

One of Parade’s Favorite Books of Spring!

A chef’s journey to success leads to discovering the perfect recipe for love in this delicious romantic comedy.

Sadie is a rising star in the trendy Seattle restaurant scene. Her dream is to create unique, modern, and mouthwatering takes on traditional Jewish recipes. But after a public breakup with her boss, a famous chef, she is sure her career is over—until she lands a coveted spot on the next season of her favorite TV show, Chef Supreme

On the plane to New York, Sadie has sizzling chemistry with her seatmate, Luke, but tells him that she won’t be able to contact him for the next six weeks. They prolong their time together with a spontaneous, magical dinner before parting ways. Or so she thinks. When she turns up to set the next day, she makes a shocking discovery about who Luke is….

If Sadie wants to save her career by winning Chef Supreme, she’s going to have to ignore the simmering heat between Luke and her. But how long can she do that before the pot boils over?

Book Review : Library loans

If you’re a fan of Top Chef ( I am) longing for a glimpse behind the curtain (and a little romance) this is the perfect lighthearted read about a cooking competition show. Love the Jewish and Korean representation and how the characters’ storylines reflect their identities and their unique relationships with their cultures and those cultures’ respective foods.