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*One More Kiss* by Samantha Chase* 5-Stars

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Newest Release by Samantha Chase. 

Loved Every Page Of This Romance!

One More Kiss is a delightful, sweet contemporary romance that grabbed my attention from the very start. I absolutely loved this book.

Famous musician, Matty Reed, needed a place to hide-out for a while. The negative publicity and harassment he was receiving, because of a failed Broadway show, was wearing him down. He swore that he’d never return to his hometown, where his abusive father still lived, but when Aaron, his best friend, offered him refuge there, Matt accepted.

Matt Reed has been Vivienne’s fantasy for a long time. When she heard that Matt was going to stay at her brother Aaron’s house while he was away, Vivienne knew that she’d have to guard her heart. Two years ago, Vivienne had shared a heart-melting kiss with Matt, but not only did he not contact her afterward, he also, didn’t even remember their passionate encounter! Although Vivienne felt humiliated, she told her brother that she’d be civil to Matt. But, as Vivienne and Matt spent time together, their relationship healed and changed. By the time Aaron was due back from England, Vivienne and Matt’s relationship had gone from a simple fling to something much more serious. And when it was time for Matt to go back on the road, Vivienne knew that her heart was about to break all over again.

One More Kiss was an absolute joy to read. It’s a feel good story with realistic characters, natural dialogue and a meaningful plot. I loved every page of this fantastic contemporary romance. Highly recommended.

Thank you, Sourcebooks Casablanca, and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy!

~5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

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*My Not So Perfect Life* by Sophie Kinsella* 5-Stars

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Sophie Kinsella’s Newest Release.

Very Funny! Don’t Miss It!

Country farm girl, Katie Brenner has dreamt of working in London, for years. So when Cooper Clemmow, a London branding, and strategy company, called to offer Katie an entry level position, she was ecstatic. She decided to reinvent herself. Katie lost her Somerset country accent, straightened her hair, bought a pair of fake eyeglasses and changed her nickname from Katie to Cat. And even though, Cat had to share her flat, sleep in a closet-size bedroom, and work with a rude, evil boss, she was happy; until she was fired.

Having no choice but to move back home, Katie volunteered to help her father, and step-mother launch, Ansters Farm Country Retreat, a Glamping business. Katie was just beginning, to enjoy her work, when her ex-boss showed up, with her family, for a vacation. Needless to say, Katie was beside herself. I found Katie’s revenge on her old boss, hysterical. Sophie Kinsella knows how to write hilarious inner dialogue and crazy funny scenes.

Katie learned some lessons in this book; 1. People are not always who they appear to be and 2. No one has a perfect life. My Not So Perfect Life is an easy-breezy, well-written, humorous book, with lots of likable characters, and witty dialogue. Be prepared to laugh, a lot. Highly recommended.

Many thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for allowing me to read this advanced review copy. I loved it!

~5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

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*WORTH The RISK* by Jamie Beck* 5-Stars*

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Worth the Risk is a touching story about love, trust, honesty, and overcoming obstacles to finding happiness.

Thirty-year-old Jackson left his Connecticut business and escaped to Vermont, for a six-week respite. After being slapped with a wrongful termination lawsuit by an employee; Jackson was in need of, some serious, downtime. To salvage his business reputation, it was essential that Jackson gain control of his emotions and put his priorities in order.

Twenty-two-year-old Gabby had no choice but to grow up fast. At age thirteen her mother had left her, choosing to feed an opiate addiction rather than raise her daughter. At eighteen, the father of Gabby’s unborn child, walked out of her life, electing to be carefree, rather than shoulder responsibility.

Gabby knew that she shouldn’t get attached to the man renting the apartment above her garage. His kindness, though, was impossible to ignore. Although Gabby was aware that her heart would break when Jackson left, she was unable to stop herself from falling for him. He made her feel alive and desirable.

Jackson admitted that he was having problems with alcohol, but he didn’t see himself as a hopeless alcoholic. Fortunately, the psychiatrist Jackson had sought for treatment, also felt the same way; otherwise, he would have encouraged Jackson to attend AA. Jackson’s efforts to get honest, own up to mistakes, help others, and keep busy, was working as a healing balm to his brokenness. Jackson tried to help Gabby without becoming romantically involved. Gabby didn’t need a transit lover in her life, and Jackson didn’t need the agonizing guilt, that leaving her, would cause him.

This engaging story is superbly, written. I loved Gabby, Jackson, and Gabby’s son, Luc, right from the start. The author brings the story alive with realistic dialogue, fully developed characters, and a well thought-out plot. Love, betrayal, fear, trust and addiction are the main components in this captivating tale. It’s an emotional tearjerker, as well as a heartwarming, thoughtful story. Highly recommended.

I received this ARC  from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

*SERENITY* by Craig A. Hart*5-Shining Stars*

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Serenity is a well-written, captivating, crime-thriller. I was hooked from the beginning of this book and couldn’t put it down until the last page was turned.

Sixty-year-old Shelby Alexander moved back to his small rural hometown in Michigan. His careers as a boxer and a fixer were behind him now, or so he thought. The town had its problems, the Ellis family being one of them. They were mean, violent, drug dealers. So when Jenny Ellis died on Shelby’s property, he knew that his quiet days in Serenity were over.

Harper Ellis banged on Shelby’s door. He needed Shelby’s connections and fixer talents. Harper wasn’t buying the concocted bull-story, that the sheriff was trying to sell him, about his sister freezing to death. Jenny was murdered, and Harper Ellis knew it. There were new drug pushers in town, and they were moving in on Harper’s territory. His gut was telling him, that they had a hand in his sister’s death. Shelby knew that accepting money from Harper Ellis was like making a bargain with the devil. However, ten thousand dollars was a lot of money and too sweet of a deal to turn down. But, when bullets started to fly through his window, Shelby knew that he was in trouble. He warned his retired cop friend Mack that he’d be in danger if he came to the house, but his friend still wanted to come and stay for a few days. Shelby welcomed him with open arms.

Serenity is a gripping, perfectly-paced novel. There are no wasted words in this book, every sentence moves the story forward, guiding the reader through surprising twists and turns. I found the characters to be realistic and their dialogue natural and witty. I loved the humorous one-liners that were sprinkled throughout the novel.

Craig Hart is a talented writer and great storyteller. I’ve added him to my list of favorite authors, and can’t wait for book two of this series to be released. Check out Serenity; you’ll be glad you did.

I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

~5 out of 5 shining stars~Review by Peg Glover

*Three Amazing Things About You* by Jill Mansell*5-Stars

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Three Amazing Things About You is an emotional story that touches the soul. It’s poignant, pensive, humorous, and unforgettable.

The book begins with Hallie, a kind woman who gives advice on her website called ThreeThingsAboutYou.com. She hopes that she’ll be able to continue posting after her surgery. Within hours, Hallie will be trading in, her set of lungs, severely damaged from Cystic Fibrosis, for a pair of healthy ones. She’s petrified, though, but also thrilled. Hallie is finally going to get her chance to live a normal life. She has secretly desired and loved a man, even though she knew that her longing could never be satisfied. But, what if she was healthy? Could her dream become more than just a fantasy?

Little did Tasha know that the most embarrassing day of her life would also be the most significant. Tasha was mortified. She was up to her shoulder, in gooey public trash, digging for her lost credit card; while teenage boys taunted her, and restaurant patrons looked on. Rory, an innocent bystander, stepped up to Tasha’s rescue, changing his and her life forever.

Lena was livid. How could her grandmother, name, a health care worker, Flo, in her will, as the guardian of Jeremy? To add insult to injury, Flo would get to live, rent free, in her grandmother’s upscale apartment, until Jeremy’s death. Jeremy was a cat for goodness sake! And, Lena needed that apartment for herself. Zander, Lena’s brother, wanted his irritating, demanding sister out of his apartment, but wasn’t about to make trouble for Flo. He liked Flo and was hoping, with any luck, that he might get to know her better.

There are several secondary characters in this book. And, although, it may seem like a lot to keep track of, each character plays a vital role in adding depth and spice to this tale.

This is a story depicting how one charitable act of kindness can affect many lives. And although, the underlying theme is rather sad, this book is anything but. In fact, some parts of it, are downright hysterical. I love how Jill Mansell was able to take two serious subjects, organ transplants, and death, and create a beautiful, touching, and humorous tale. Three Amazing Things About You will bring tears of laughter and sadness to your eyes. The story will also linger in your mind long after you’ve turned the last page. Jill Mansell is fast becoming one of my favorite authors. Truly, don’t pass on this one.

I received this ARC from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

~5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

*You and Me, Always*by Jill Mansell*5-Stars!

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You and Me Aways is a delightful, entertaining and superbly crafted novel. I devoured every page of this sweet and humorous love story.

It was Lily Harper’s twenty-fifth birthday and although, she was tearful; she was savoring her last birthday letter. Her mother had written birthday letters, in advance, before she died, to be opened, one each year on Lily’s birthday. Coral, Lily’s mother’s best-friend took Lily in and raised her since she was eight-years-old. Patsy, Lily’s babysitter, was also a loving influence, and her younger brother, Dan became Lily’s best friend.

Stanton Langley was a small English town where Lily lived and worked; It was also the town where movie star, Eddie Tessler chose to have his hide-out. Through unusual and funny circumstances, Eddie and Lily meet and form a close bond. Lily couldn’t understand, though, why her best childhood friend, Dan, was being so stinky about it. Dan and his sister Patsy both had deep secrets that they were hiding. Unfortunately, for them, secrets have a way of coming to light and being exposed at the worse times.

In Lily’s birthday letter, her mother revealed the name of the man who was once the love of her life. Out of curiosity and wanting to hear more about her mother, Lily contacted Declan Madison, her mother’s greatest love. Lily was ecstatic when she met Declan Madison, and Declan knew without a doubt that his life would never be the same again.

You and Me Aways is a laugh-out-loud funny story with quirky well-developed characters, witty dialogue and humorous situations. If you enjoy light, funny romances, then you’re going to love, You and Me Always. I highly recommend giving this well-crafted book a read.

I received this ARC from the publisher, via Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review.

~5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

*The Drowned Phoenician Sailor* by Lesley Hayes*5-Shining Stars

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The Drowned Phoenician Sailor is a beautifully written, character-driven novel, which quickly draws the reader into the heart and mind of the main character, Fynn. Fynn is a strong-willed, feisty, independent woman with a good sense of humor and a caring spirit. But, because she is being bothered by two ghosts on a regular basis, she fears for her sanity. One of the ghosts is her twin sister, and the other is Paul, her psychotherapist; the same psychotherapist who she was seeing because of her ghost visitations in the first place. Unfortunately for Fynn, when Paul dies, he ends up popping in and out of Fynn’s life, just like her dead sister.

Although Fynn was afraid that she might be insane, she was still the most responsible person in her family and the only one who cared for her eccentric, childlike mother whose grip on reality was quite slippery. It was on one of her visits to her mother’s house that Fynn met Jack, a mysterious man whom her mother found washed up on the beach and brought home, much like she would a stray puppy. Jack would become a special person to Fynn, though, someone who would touch her soul.

The author does an exceptional job writing about the issues that are often found in dysfunctional families; such as; abuse, abandonment, deceit, depression, and mistrust. Ms. Hayes explores many of the puzzle pieces that make up positive and negative relationships and crafts them into a beautiful story. There is a lot of humor, wisdom, and inspiration that is sprinkled throughout this book.

The characters are unique, developed and utterly fascinating; even the cat has a quirky hysterical personality. The Drowned Phoenician Sailor is written with elegance, so much so, that I often stopped to reread a sentence, just to admire the beauty of the author’s word choices. Every sentence is carefully crafted, to tug at the reader’s heart, make them laugh or move the story forward.

This is a quality book with oodles of insights and wisdom. I highly recommend giving it a read.

~5 out of 5 shining stars~Review by Peg Glover