Friday, March 26, 2021

Review: SANDCASTLE BEACH by Jenny Holiday


by Jenny Holiday
Publication Date: March 9, 2021
Publisher: Forever
Pages: 409
Source: Publisher


From the USA Today bestselling "master of witty banter" (Entertainment Weekly) comes a hilarious and heartwarming romance about two enemies whose feud turns red-hot.
Maya Mehta will do anything to save her tiny, beloved community theater. Put on musicals she hates? Check. Hire an arrogant former-pop-star-turned-actor? Done. But what Maya really needs to save her theater is Matchmaker Bay's new business grant. She's got some serious competition, though: Benjamin "Law" Lawson, local bar owner, Jerk Extraordinaire, and Maya's annoyingly hot arch nemesis. Let the games begin.

Law loves nothing more than getting under Maya's skin, and making those gorgeous eyes dance with irritation. But when he discovers the ex-pop star has a thing for Maya, too, Law decides he's done waiting in the wings-starting with a scorching-hot kiss. Turns out there's a thin line between hate and irresistible desire, and Maya and Law are really good at crossing it. But when things heat up, will they allow their long-standing feud to get in the way of their growing feelings?

Includes the bonus novella Once Upon a Bride!



Reading this book made me so happy. It was fun spending time with Law and Maya as they fussed with each other and antagonized each other because "Everyone needs hobbies." I loved this enemies-to-lovers story without the angst, but with all the heat. 

When Sandlecastle Beach began with the meddling matchmakers, just one of the town's charming trademarks, I knew that I was going to be in for a real treat. Just as in the other books of this series, I looked forward to their antics. There were several the town's elders brought Maya and Law together, but it was the Dunk Tank Debacle (as I call it) that was my favorite. When Pearl says, "Oh shoot," . . . "I think I double-scheduled this shift," I cackled with glee.  ๐Ÿ˜„ 

And I LOVED that Maya kept track of the See Benjamin's Chest Days. 

Law and Maya didn't always need the matchmaking meddlers. They did quite well all on their own.  ❤ And to quote Maya "Hooboy" oh how the tension made it all that more exciting. 

There is so much joy and laughter in this book that I wouldn't have objected to another hundred pages. I loved catching up with Eve and Sawyer and Jake and Nora and spending moments in the Pink Room of the Mermaid Inn. 

A Favorite Quote:

"So is this a 'friends with benefits'thing? Nora made the air quotes with her fingers."Because I think it's well established by now that those don't work in this town."

If you asked me which couple from Matchmaker Bay is my favorite? I couldn't answer and you can't make me choose. They're all my favorites! This series will be my go-to recommendation when friends are looking for a fun and entertaining summer read - at the beach, by the pool, or just a cozy stay-cation.

I loved it.

Disclaimer: I received this promotional copy from the publisher for review consideration. Thoughts and opinions are my own.

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Cover Reveal: WANTED WED OR ALIVE by Willow Aster & Laura Pavlov

๐˜๐จ๐ฎ ๐š๐ซ๐ž๐ง'๐ญ ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ง ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐๐ฒ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฆ๐ž๐ž๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐†.๐ƒ. ๐“๐š๐ฒ๐ฅ๐จ๐ซ๐ฌ!

๐…๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ ๐›๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐š๐ฎ๐ญ๐ก๐จ๐ซ๐ฌ ๐–๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฐ ๐€๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐‹๐š๐ฎ๐ซ๐š ๐๐š๐ฏ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฏ ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ซ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐›๐จ๐จ๐ค ๐ข๐ง ๐š ๐ง๐ž๐ฐ ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ-๐œ๐จ๐ฆ ๐ฌ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ.

โ„™๐•ฃ๐•–๐• ๐•ฃ๐••๐•–๐•ฃ โ„๐•–๐•ฃ๐•–:

๐ด ๐‘Ÿ๐‘ข๐‘›๐‘Ž๐‘ค๐‘Ž๐‘ฆ ๐‘”๐‘Ÿ๐‘œ๐‘œ๐‘š. ๐ด ๐‘๐‘Ž๐‘ข๐‘ก๐‘–๐‘œ๐‘ข๐‘  ๐‘›๐‘’๐‘–๐‘”โ„Ž๐‘๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ. ๐‘‡๐‘œ๐‘œ ๐‘š๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘ฆ ๐‘ ๐‘’๐‘ฅ๐‘ข๐‘Ž๐‘™๐‘™๐‘ฆ ๐‘“๐‘ข๐‘’๐‘™๐‘’๐‘‘ ๐‘Ÿ๐‘ข๐‘›-๐‘–๐‘›๐‘  ๐‘ก๐‘œ ๐‘ ๐‘๐‘’๐‘Ž๐‘˜ ๐‘œ๐‘“.



I came to New York for a fresh start.

A new job. A new apartment. A new life.

The last thing I’m looking for is a man. 

Been there.

Done that.


I flee for my life when I leave Chicago. 

Escaping a lifetime of misery.

But from the moment my eyes land on Mya Whitfield—I’m done for. 

And don’t even get me started on watching her play the cello. 

I’ve never envied anything the way I envy that enormous piece of wood between her legs. 

Move over, cello…

There’s a new man in town. 


Cover created by:

Jena Brignola, Bibliophile Productions

 Expected publication: April 22, 2021

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Review: FLOAT PLAN by Trish Doller

by Trish Doller
Publication Date: March 2, 2021
Publisher: St.Martin's Press
Pages: 272
Source: Publisher


Heartbroken by the loss of her fiancรฉ, adventurous Anna finds a second chance at love with an Irish sailor in this riveting, emotional romance.

After a reminder goes off for the Caribbean sailing trip Anna was supposed to take with her fiancรฉ, she impulsively goes to sea in the sailboat he left her, intending to complete the voyage alone.

But after a treacherous night’s sail, she realizes she can’t do it by herself and hires Keane, a professional sailor, to help. Much like Anna, Keane is struggling with a very different future than the one he had planned. As romance rises with the tide, they discover that it’s never too late to chart a new course.

In Trish Doller’s unforgettable Float Plan, starting over doesn't mean letting go of your past, it means making room for your future.

"The perfect escape. Fresh, funny, and romantic. I wish I could sail away with this book." - Meg Cabot, New York Times bestselling author of The Princess Diaries and Little Bridge series


I’m beginning to believe there are no coincidences. Books come to us we need them and for me that has happened, yet again, with FLOAT PLAN. 

I often focus on the emotional and sad elements in romance books because that’s where I am and that’s what I connect with the most. So before I get into all of that, I need to emphasize that this book is not one big book of sadness. FLOAT PLAN is a story of adventure and love and friendship and community and loss. It’s about Anna finding herself and new beginnings. It is all of these things and more, and anyone who reads it will find exactly what they need from it. Even if that is simply to be entertained. 

I loved going on this adventure with Anna and meeting the people that she met and seeing the places she visited. I loved watching her become self-reliant and problem solve during the days she sailed solo. 

And I loved Keane and how he proved there are men like him out there. I know. I married one of them. 

And I loved watching Anna and Keane fall for each other and feeling the joy they felt together.

My heart ached time and time again for Anna for her loss of Ben. When the life you have, or the life you think you’re going to have, is ripped from you, nothing is familiar. Even yourself.


“I cried until my eyelashes hurt, because there is no longer a we and I’ve forgotten how to be me without Ben.” Then I got out of bed and started packing.“

FLOAT PLAN cracked me open and set off a chain reaction that led to the realization that I’m ready for more. I’m ready to live and create new memories. There were many thoughts that led me to that point and they all circled around and were jumbled up, but ultimately I’m ready to take some chances and I NEED to do the LIVING that I’ve wanted to do.


“. . I’m starting to understand how sadness and happiness can live side by side within a heart. And how that heart can keep on beating.” 

I’ve said this many, many, many times. Love and grief can exist in the same space.They have to or we can never fully live because grief never goes away. 

Reading FLOAT PLAN was a therapy session (or a few) for me, and it’s definitely a book that will stay with me. I needed this book more that I can even put into words. The power that books can have truly amazes me as they continue to guide me through this life. 

I loved it.

Author bio:

TRISH DOLLER is the author of novels for teens and adults about love, life, and finding your place in the world. A former journalist and radio personality, Trish has written several YA novels, including the critically acclaimed Something Like Normal, as well as Float Plan, her adult women's fiction debut. When she's not writing, Trish loves sailing, traveling, and avoiding housework. She lives in southwest Florida with an opinionated herding dog and an ex-pirate.

Buy link:

Social Links: @TrishDoller on Instagram and Twitter

Disclaimer: I received this e-ARC from the publisher for review consideration. I was not compensated in any way other than the e-ARC provided. I've also purchased a finish copy for my personal library. Thoughts and opinions are my own.

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Review: CANDY COLORED SKY by Ginger Scott


by Ginger Scott
Publication Date: February 26, 2021
Pages: 279
Source: Wordsmith Publicity


Jonah Wydner has been in love with his neighbor Eleanor Trombley for years. He has watched her life play out from the sidelines—homecoming dances, football parties, and first dates. Her life seemed easy…simple…perfect. The complete opposite of his own.

But when Eleanor’s younger sister goes missing and the national media sets up camp in the middle of their street, the girl with the seemingly perfect life shows up in Jonah’s garage in search of a place to hide from the hurt and chaos. What begins as one night becomes many filled with unexpected surprises and unveiling, healing truths about Jonah’s own messy past.

Soon, Jonah gets to know the real Eleanor, and discovers all the ways they’re the same. Friendship blossoms into more, plans turn into promises, and hopes and dreams become shared under the warm glow of the fading Midwestern sunsets. But how far can a kiss under a candy-colored sky take them? And what happens when the clouds close in?

My Thoughts

After just a few pages of CANDY COLORED SKY, I began to wonder: What have I gotten myself into? I was lured into this book by it’s beautiful cover and the idea of the story of being in love with the girl across the street (and that it's by Ginger Scott). But it’s a story of a missing child. How can this possibly end well? I wasn’t ready to feel everything so deeply and so quickly, but I did and it was perfection. I fell in love with this story of falling in love.

Favorite Moments:

The photographs mentioned throughout and how they add to the story

The pancake breakfast challenge - Immediately, I had a craving

Grandpa Hank’s wisdom and poker nights

The moment when Eleanor broke out into a driveway cheer

The friendship and comfort that Jonah gave Eleanor is, for me, what made CANDY COLORED SKY so special. He recognized the ways that she may need him, and his love for her let him be her person - in whatever ways that meant - because he’d been through it too.

Ginger Scott’s has written a story of love and loss that is so sweet and so tender and pure and true making CANDY COLORED SKY one of my top reads of 2021 so far.

Disclaimer:  I received this e-ARC from Wordsmith Publicity as a participant of a blog tour. I was not compensated in any way other than the e-ARC provided. Thoughts and opinions are my own.


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