The Duke’s Scottish Lass by Tammy Andresen

I like this cover. It looks like another book by this author I’d like to try.

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The Duke's Scottish LassThe Duke’s Scottish Lass by Tammy Andresen

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Series: Brethren of Stone 0.5, Taming the Heart 0.5, World of de Wolfe Pack
Publication Date: 8/3/18

The prologue is very exciting – ships, a child falling from a cliff, a best friend tumbling into the cold waters. It is also sad because the friend, Reginald, is someone I think we would all have liked to meet. Actually, I think we will meet him in the other books in the series because this book – while it is the first published in the series – is actually the last in the series timewise. So – now, when we read the other books and meet Reginald we will already know his fate.

Roderick Maddox, fourth Duke of Manchester’s best friend, Reginald Alban, has invited him to become part of his large, loving and boisterous family. Reginald wants Roderick…

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Who I am as a Reader in 500 words or less

I think this description fits many of us who are avid readers. The only thing I would change is the genre breakdown. I do not enjoy all historical romance although I read mostly that genre. I am a picky reader but will try to help any author that I can is spreading the word of their books. I do draw the line at overtly erotic.

Book Reviews And More From A Sassy Book Loving Southern Belle

Who I am as a Reader

I saw this idea on a list of ideas and had to try it. I will break mine down into sections.


I’m an avid reader of historical romance that is addicted to books and loves many authors. I like all kinds from Medieval to westerns and from sweet to steamy. I’m never without a book and proudly call myself a modern-day bluestocking. You won’t find spoilers in my reviews and I keep it honest and real.

My Challenges 

Finding the balance between books and life outside my blog. I can’t always accept a book due to my schedule and life can get in the way and cause me to miss a requested date. I hate writing 3 hearts or less reviews, but I have to be honest. Trying to read all the books and getting burnt out. Not taking time to read for fun.

My Missions

It has always…

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Krystal Ford’s LOVE, ACROSS THE DIVIDE Review & Excerpt Tour

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LATD_BadgeWhen politically ambitious Republican Megan Thompson falls for her Democrat roommate, Andrew Croswell, she must make the choice between career over love, or love over politics. Fans of Jojo Moyes’ One Plus One will love this sexy debut which smashes stereotypes and strives to make sense of our not-so-brave new world. Most of all, it asks a crucial question: Can love bridge the great American divide?

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Title: Love, Across the Divide


Author: Krystal Ford

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: August 1, 2018

Publisher: Krystal Ford

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Digital ISBN: B07CZN3XQH

Print ISBN: 9780692111932

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On the eve of the 2016 elections, young Republican Megan Thompson faces a once-in-a lifetime opportunity when her boss decides to groom her to run for his congressional seat in 2018. Ambitious and pragmatic, Megan is missing just one thing: a wealthy, well-connected trophy husband.

So, when Megan moves from Florida to DC and lets the congressman broker a power match, she’s looking to get down to work, not fall in love. And she’s definitely not looking to make nice with her new roommate, Andrew Croswell, a liberal environmentalist determined to make her life hell.

After a series of unpleasant blind dates, Megan begins to lose hope of finding her shiny white Republican knight in time to boost her appeal to donors and voters. At last she hits it off with Brock, a dashing, Don Draperesque spokesman for the NRA, and even love-shy Megan thinks he could be “the one.” But as the year progresses, she and Andrew start getting along a little too well, and Megan finds herself second-guessing all her well-laid plans.

Things start spinning out of control when a special election pushes everything up by a year. As Megan races against the clock, she’ll do anything to win—almost. Now she must choose: career over love, or love over politics?

Love, Across the Divide follows genuine, familiar characters from both sides of the aisle, smashing stereotypes and striving to make sense of our not-so-brave new world. Most of all, it asks a crucial question: Can love bridge the great American divide?


Advanced Praise for Love, Across the Divide:

“An upbeat and thoughtful blend of romance and politics.” – Kirkus Reviews

America is now a tribal place, and author Krystal Ford has effectively carved into this national polarity to craft a love story for the Trump era.” – Jordana Landsman



Copyright© 2018 Love, Across the Divide

Krystal Ford

He turned to her, holding out a bag of corn tortillas. “We are making tacos.” He put her in charge of prepping the toppings, then disappeared into the fridge. When he emerged, his hands were full. “Tomatoes, lettuce, onions, cilantro, avocado, cheese.”

She took the ingredients one by one from his hands and set everything in its place on the counter, beside the cutting board. She stared at the food items like they were questions on a pop quiz she hadn’t studied for. What was she supposed to do with them? Only pride kept her from asking for direction. She lifted the block of cheese and found a grater. This, she could handle.

The kitchen started to fill with the enticing scent of garlic in the frying pan. “Salsa!” Andrew barked. “Mild, medium, or hot?”

Megan didn’t hesitate. “Hot, please.”

“That’s my girl. Chop some onions.”

She flushed with pleasure. Or was it the green chiles he’d just added to the pan? Jeez, pull yourself together, Megan.

“What are you doing?” Andrew yelled, stepping up behind her and cautiously stripping her paring knife from her clenched hand, as though he were talking a suicidal victim off the ledge. “This is not what you chop onions with,” he admonished, holding up the ancient paring knife. “It’s dull as a butter knife! You’ll cut yourself sawing away with it. Now this”—he unsheathed a ten-inch Japanese chef knife from its block of wood—“is what you chop onions with.”

“I know how to cut onions,” she insisted, and started to cut tentatively. Andrew’s watchful gaze made her nervous. Her knife movement was clunky and awkward, leaving her with large, uneven hunks of onion.

He smiled indulgently and stepped closer. From behind her came traces of his hippie soap—eucalyptus and mint, she believed—and a pleasant hint of body odor. “May I?” he asked, encircling her arm with his and wrapping his hand around hers, showing the proper way to hold the knife. “Now start with the tip, and then as you push the weight of the blade down, you make a little rocking motion.”

As they chopped together in culinary intimacy, an unexpected image flashed in her mind, of him fleeing her room with a teddy bear barely covering his muscular butt. And suddenly it sank in—something he’d said during their session with Emily: I’d already gotten undressed for bed.

So, she thought, Andrew sleeps in the buff.

Her cheeks flushed as he murmured gentle encouragements. When he slowly released his grip and took a step back, disappointment flooded her body.

About Krystal Ford:

KDM5586-1-e1533929260644Originally from Montreal, Krystal Ford has fallen in love with the Hudson Valley, New York, where she calls home with her husband and two children. She has a Master of Arts from New York University and, when she’s not writing, works as a community organizer around environmental issues. Her favorite pastimes are reading books and gardening.

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She’s his superior officer, he’s just a lowly recruit…
Does love conquer rank?

When bear shifter Eric joins the newly formed Alpha Squad, a joint human/shifter taskforce, he fears it’s all just a waste of time. It’s all the work of a politician trying to make a name for himself; Eric is sure of it. That is until he meets his training officer; Major Janine Williams…

The squad may just be a farce, but her presence alone is enough to keep him on base and on task. For her, he’ll give the squad a real shot. If only the feeling was mutual…

Janine did not want to be the one to lead Alpha Squad; neither did any of her male colleagues. When the on-base general orders her to let the squad fail during boot camp training itself, her worst fears are confirmed. 

Worse still, she can’t stop thinking about one of her recruits. Dating someone under her command is the last thing she needs. 

Alpha Squad’s future hangs in the balance; as does Janine’s hard-fought military career. Boot camp has only just begun…

Join Alpha Squad in this steamy paranormal romance you won’t want to put down. If you like Alpha City by Bryce Evans or Bear Patrol by Scarlett Grove, then you will love the Alpha Squad Series by Lorelei Moone!




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by K Webster

Publication Date: August 10, 2018

Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

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I am intelligent, unassuming, and the son of two murdered parents.
I’m calculating, damaged, and seek revenge.
I’ll do whatever it takes to further my agenda, even if it means seducing my way into a bed I don’t belong.
Anything to make the ones who’ve hurt me pay.
My name is Camden Pearson.
I am focused, fierce, and power-hungry.
The youngest of four brothers.
People assume I’m the baby, but I grew up a long time ago.


First came the Four Fathers. Now it’s time for the Four Sons.
Nixon (Four Sons, #1) by Ker Dukey – July 20
Hayden (Four Sons, #2) by J.D. Hollyfield – July 27
Brock (Four Sons, #3) by Dani René – August 3
Camden (Four Sons, #4) by K Webster -August 10

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by K. Webster

Publication Date: April 16, 2018

Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Taboo

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I am selfish. Spoiled. A single father.
I do what I want because I can.
One of my four sons is dating the hot, young little neighbor…
Too bad it won’t last long.
When I want something, I take it—even if it means taking from my son.
My name is Eric Pearson.
I am an unapologetic, egotistical, domineering man.
People may not like me, but it doesn’t stop them from wanting me.


Four Fathers Series by bestselling authors
J.D. Hollyfield, Dani René, K Webster, and Ker Dukey

Four genres.
Four bestselling authors.
Four different stories.
Four weeks in April.
One intense, sexy, thrilling ride from beginning to end!

***These books were designed so you can read them out of order. However, they each interconnect and would be best enjoyed by reading them all!***

Blackstone by J.D. Hollyfield | Kingston by Dani René | Wheeler by Ker Dukey

About K. Webster:

K Webster is the author of dozens romance books in many different genres including contemporary romance, historical romance, paranormal romance, and erotic romance. When not spending time with her husband of twelve years and two adorable children, she’s active on social media connecting with her readers.

Her other passions besides writing include reading and graphic design. K can always be found in front of her computer chasing her next idea and taking action. She looks forward to the day when she will see one of her titles on the big screen.

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“He who dares not grasp the thorn should never crave the rose.” – Anne Bronte

The blooming of the rare and mysterious blue rose heralds great change, for when the buds open to full blossom enemies become lovers. Some fear this omen, some desire it. All respect it. Follow the journey of these brand new historical romance tales from USA Today and Bestselling authors and discover the power–and the promise–of the blue rose for yourself.

Featuring fabulous USA Today and Bestselling authors Catherine Kean, Elizabeth Rose, Amy Jarecki, BJ Scott, Collette Cameron and Lauren Smith.

This set features these ALL NEW novellas:

A Knight and His Rose by CATHERINE KEAN

When Lady Violetta Molineaux is injured falling into an underground tunnel, she’s rescued by her enemy, Lord Osric Seabrook. Afraid to reveal her identity to him, Violetta maintains her ruse of being a commoner. Yet, when she and Osric discover a secret in the tunnel, one that involves the rare blue rose, they must acknowledge shocking truths that could change their lives forever.

Scottish Rose by ELIZABETH ROSE

Coira MacDuff agrees to marry an Englishman to make an alliance with her clan. But she never expects her new husband, Sir Lance de Selby to take her back to Liddel Castle where the English held her as a prisoner, locked and hanging in a cage three years earlier. (Cora was first seen as the sister of Effie MacDuff in Aidan – Book 2 of the MadMan MacKeefe Series.)

A Knight Amid Thorns by LAUREL O’DONNELL

When the murderer of her brother is welcomed into her castle as a friend, Lady Ella Rames vows to make his life as miserable as hers and to avenge her brother. Struggling to fulfill an oath and find the elusive blue rose, Sir Graden Dumount’s final hope rests with a woman who despises him. Can Ella and Graden overcome their animosity and let the power of the blue rose heal them and turn enemies into lovers?

Highland Knight of Dreams by AMY JARECKI

Two generations after the massacre of Dunoon, will the power of a single damask rose be enough to break the hatred of a clan feud that has gone too far? When Alice Lamont crosses paths with the notorious Quinn Campbell, she readies for battle. But as tensions rise, so does passion…until the enemies must choose—love or war.

A Rose Among Thistles by BJ SCOTT

When an unprovoked raid on his clan’s stronghold means that Logan MacAllen must assume the position of laird, he is bent on revenge. Determined to take and destroy the one thing that means more than anything to his sworn enemy–his only daughter–Logan must harden his heart to the beguiling lass, or risk losing it to the rose he discovers among thistles.

A Rose for a Rogue by COLLETTE CAMERON

What’s a future duke to do when the most unsuitable woman possible captures his heart?

Not only is Eden the by-blow of his father’s arch enemy, she’s also sister to the man who killed Chester’s elder brother. Dare he risk all for the only woman to ever bring peace to his soul? Can he convince Eden to put aside her wariness and to trust him with her heart and love?

The Gentleman’s Seduction by LAUREN SMITH

Perdita Darby is London society’s darling. Vaughn, Viscount Darlington is no one’s darling, he is more devil than gentleman. When Perdita’s life is threatened she seeks Vaughn’s help in a false engagement and discover the devil of London may have a heart after all.

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What kind of Romance Hero is the sexiest?

Amanda Weaver: Brooding intellectual.

Beth Anne Miller: Man in Uniform.

Reese Monroe: Vampire

Magan Vernon : Man in a suit.

Delancey Stewart: Brooding Artist

Jennifer Blackwood: Man in uniform.

A.J. Pine: Tall, Dark, and Bearded.

Julie Patricka: Artist

Jocelyn Adams: Villain-turned-hero of any kind,

but I am partial to vampires.

Robin Bielman: I love them all.

Lynn Stevens: Athlete.

D.R. Graham: The sensitive tough guy.

Kendra Highley: Snowboarder.

Christina Phillips: Man in uniform.

Katana Collins: Mmmm. I’ve always been partial to the bad boy with a heart of gold. The bad boy who loves animals or has a pet will always win me over!

Stacy Wise: Athletes are super sexy!

Season Vining: Tattooed and educated.

Cindi Madsen: Athlete.

Megan Westfield: Athlete.

Lindsey Frydman: An artistic and charming, yet tortured hero.

Jessica Lee: Vampire.

Amy Murray: All of the above as long as he’s strong!

Jen McLaughlin: Man in uniform.

MK Schiller: Marine

Ciara Knight: Man in Uniform.

Do you prefer romance that gets steamy or that closes the door?

Amanda Weaver: Steamy!

Beth Anne Miller: I like a little steam!

Reese Monroe: Closes the door.

Magan Vernon: Steamy, but not too steamy.

Delancey Stewart: I like sweet with heat (steamy with the door closed!)

Jennifer Blackwood: Steamy, please!

A.J. Pine: The steamier, the better!

Julie Patricka: Give me some steam!

Jocelyn Adams: Steamy all the way.

Robin Bielman: Steamy 😉

Lynn Stevens: Both!

D.R. Graham: A little bit of both.

Kendra Highley: In the middle.

Christina Phillips: Steamy.

Katana Collins: Oh, steamy! For sure, steamy!

Stacy Wise: I prefer romance that closes the door.

Season Vining: The more steam the better.

Cindi Madsen: I like both! Romantic chemistry & slow burn is my fave.

Megan Westfield: Closes the door.

Lindsey Frydman: I love a steamy romance read, but I do

prefer to keep the door half-way closed in my own writing.

Jessica Lee: Steamy!

Amy Murray: Closes the door.

Jen McLaughlin: Steamy!

MK Schiller: Steam, please.

Ciara Knight: Both.

What is your all time favorite trope?

Amanda Weaver: Enemies to lovers.

Beth Anne Miller: Enemies to lovers.

Reese Monroe: Ugly duckling.

Magan Vernon: Enemies to lovers with a one night stand

and accidental pregnancy

Delancey Stewart: Friends to lovers.

Jennifer Blackwood: Enemies to lovers.

A.J. Pine: Enemies to lovers!

Julie Patricka: Reading=enemies to lovers, writing=fake relationship.

Jocelyn Adams: Opposites attract.

Robin Bielman: Friends to lovers.

Lynn Stevens: Enemies to lovers.

D.R. Graham: Bad boy, good girl.

Kendra Highley: Fake relationship.

Christina Phillips: Enemies to lovers.

Katana Collins: Enemies to lovers. There is something about the contrast and

then the couples discoveries about where

they were wrong about one another that wins my heart.

Stacy Wise: Friends to lovers always satisfies.

Season Vining: Enemies to lovers.

Cindi Madsen: Friends to lovers.

Megan Westfield: Love triangle.

Lindsey Frydman: Enemies to lovers. *Swoons*

Jessica Lee: Enemies to lovers.

Amy Murray: I love a good enemies to lovers romance!

Jen McLaughlin: Best friend’s little sister.

MK Schiller: Fish out of water.

Ciara Knight: Friends to lovers.

Coffee vs. Tea?

Amanda Weaver: Tea

Beth Anne Miller: Coffee

Reese Monroe: Coffee

Magan Vernon: Coffee

Delancey Stewart: Coffee

Jennifer Blackwood: Tea

A.J. Pine: Coffee

Julie Patricka: Water. I have finally accepted

that I need to drink all the water.

Jocelyn Adams: Coffee

Robin Bielman: Coffee

Lynn Stevens: When I run out of coffee, I drink tea. 🙂

D.R. Graham: Tea

Kendra Highley: Tea

Christina Phillips: Depends on the time of day!

Katana Collins: Coffee

Stacy Wise: Coffee

Season Vining: Neither (gasp!)

Cindi Madsen: Diet Mtn Dew

Megan Westfield: Coffee

Lindsey Frydman: Coffee

Jessica Lee: Coffee

Amy Murray: Coffee

Jen McLaughlin: Coffee

MK Schiller: Coffee

Ciara Knight: Coffee

Abs vs. Arms

Amanda Weaver: Arms

Beth Anne Miller: Arms

Reese Monroe: Arms

Magan Vernon: Arms

Delancey Stewart: Arms

Jennifer Blackwood: Arms

A.J. Pine: Arms

Julie Patricka: Arms

Jocelyn Adams: Arms

Robin Bielman: Can I pick both?

Lynn Stevens: Abs

D.R. Graham: Jawline, piercing eyes.

Kendra Highley: Arms

Christina Phillips: Arms

Katana Collins: Abs

Stacy Wise: Abs

Season Vining: Arms

Cindi Madsen: Forearms

Megan Westfield: Abs

Lindsey Frydman: Arms

Jessica Lee: Arms

Amy Murray: Arms

Jen McLaughlin: Abs

MK Schiller: Abs

Ciara Knight: Solid chest.

Mountains vs. Beach

Amanda Weaver: Paris

Beth Anne Miller: Beach

Reese Monroe: Beach

Magan Vernon: Forest

Delancey Stewart: I can’t choose! I love both.

Jennifer Blackwood: Mountains

A.J. Pine: Beach

Julie Patricka: Beach

Jocelyn Adams: Forest

Robin Bielman: Beach

Lynn Stevens: Mountains

D.R. Graham: I live in the Sea to Sky corridor of British Columbia,

so both mountains and beach in one day!

Kendra Highley: Disney World!

Christina Phillips: Beach

Katana Collins: Beach

Stacy Wise: Beach

Season Vining: Beach

Cindi Madsen: Mountains

Megan Westfield: Mountains

Lindsey Frydman: Mountains

Jessica Lee: Mountains

Amy Murray: Beach

Jen McLaughlin: Beach

MK Schiller: Mountains

Ciara Knight: Mountains

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Love and Class in Victorian England by Jane Goodger

This is a new to me author and I think I would love to read this book.

Hobby Reads

A common theme in many of my historical romances is social class—something that in England was the determining factor for what a person’s life would be. But in the Victorian era, things began to change, which is why I so love writing about that time period. More often than not, I write about “low born” women somehow ending up with members of the aristocracy—though I have done the opposite trope as well. It was pretty uncommon for an earl, for example, to marry a woman not of his rank or social class. Not in my world, baby!

Though I always strive to be historically accurate, both in the actions and language of my characters, I find it so fascinating to see a couple who has no business getting together, get together. In Diamond in the Rough, I have a little bit of fun with class and turn it on…

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Cover Reveal!

Lovely cover. I am looking forward to the re-release of this book as it’s been a long time since I read an Alexandra Ivy book.

Hobby Reads

Dear Reader,

Long before I wrote my sexy paranormal romances, I wrote traditional Regency romances as Debbie Raleigh. I’m thrilled that one of my favorites is now available again, brimming with adventure and romance . . .

Miss Roma Allendyle detested behaving like a proper lady, and all the accompanying nonsense. After all, she could outride and outshoot any gentleman. If finding her vanished brother, an agent of the Crown, required her to disguise herself as a grubby lad, so be it. She expected to face challenges, but not to be waylaid by a mysterious ambush, wounded by a bullet—and rescued by the darkly handsome Lord Giles Carlton, the Season’s prime catch. Worse, in return for his aid, Giles has taken an imperious interest in her affairs and insists on helping with her search. But that is not the last surprise. For in Giles, Roma just may find a will…

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Thirsty For Romance Thursday, Bargains, Freebies, Reviews & Reveals

Between The Waves

by Ellie Malouff

Publication Date: June 28, 2018

Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romantic Suspense


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Life for former pro-surfer Jake Garrant moves pretty slow in the small town of Manalua, Hawaii until one day a mysterious black haired beauty in a Cubs cap asks for surfing lessons. He commits to six lessons and does his best to keep it professional, but he can’t help falling for a woman named Audrey Logan. As each lesson goes by, the heat between them grows and they give into their desires, until one day they’re forced to face the ultimate riptide.


About Ellie Malouff:

 Ellie Malouff has been dreaming up stories for as long as she can remember. As an avid reader, she loves getting lost in books and decided one day to give a little back to the literary world with her own contribution. When she’s not writing, you can find her parked on the couch in Colorado with her husband, kids, and cats. She loves traveling to Ireland whenever she gets the chance.



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To Tame A Lady



The Reluctant Brides Collection, Book #2

by Megan Bryce

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Lady Amelia Delaney is known for her sharp tongue, no-nonsense attitude, and sizable fortune. Numerous suitors have tried to win her hand for the money, for the challenge, and for a rather unfortunate bet. She knows the unflattering reasons behind her numerous proposals– can she ever accept that a man would want to marry her just for herself?

Jameson Pendrake is a devil-may-care dandy who cares for naught but fun and fashion. But behind his laughing green eyes lies a dark history, and he calls off his wedding because of his fear of repeating the past. He can not simply give up on the idea of marriage– a wife is the best defense against the yearly crop of scheming mothers and their frilly daughters. But to allay his fears he needs a woman strong enough to laugh in the face of his past. A woman unflappable, unwavering, and unbroken. He knows just the woman. The trick, it seems, is in getting her to accept.

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A Wish for Christmas


The Happy Holidays Series Book 3

by Michele Brouder

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Publication Date: August 10, 2018

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More than anything, India Ramone wants to give her daughter, her younger brother, and her elderly grandfather a Christmas they deserve. After the death of her mother, the last two years have been rough and money is tight. A full-time nursing student, she feels her prayers have been answered with the temporary job of personal assistant to John Laurencelli. The billionaire is rumored to be demanding and difficult but India soon realizes there’s more to him than bad press and weapons-grade dangerous good looks. But with everything on her plate, she doesn’t have time to be falling for her new boss.

John Laurencelli lives, eats, and breathes his business and making money. For his own reasons, he’s avoided Christmas for two decades. But it’s proving difficult this year when his new assistant wears vintage holiday aprons, hums Christmas tunes, and likes to spread good cheer. Despite his determination not to celebrate the season, it isn’t long before India opens his eyes to what’s missing in his life.

Can they overcome their fears and misgivings to make it a truly wonderful Christmas for each other?

Each book in The Happy Holidays Series is a standalone novel and can be read in any order.

My Thoughts:

This sweet and engaging Holiday Romance has the feel of a Hallmark Movie. There is a happily ever after ending and several moments of hilarity in this sweetly written title.

India is a single mother who takes care of everyone, her Grandfather, her brother, her daughter and now a demanding boss. All while attending nursing school.

Her erstwhile boss is a very rich man who takes care of no one including himself.

Can these polar opposites come together in this touching and funny holiday story?

Read this newest edition of The Happy Holidays Series to find out.

This is a standalone title just like the other books in the series so you do not need to have read the other books to enjoy this one.

I gave this book 4 of 5 stars for storyline and characterization and a Low sensual rating of 1 of 5 flames. This is a clean/ sweet book with no intimacy to speak of.

I received a complimentary copy of this book to read via Hidden Gems. This in no way affected my opinion of this book which I read and reviewed voluntarily.

About The Author:

IMG_1319Michele Brouder is the author of Claire Daly: Reluctant Soul Saver and Claire Daly: Marked for Collection, the first two books in The Soul Saver series. She is also the writer of A Whyte Christmas, This Christmas, and A Wish for Christmas, the first three books in The Happy Holidays Series.

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Originally from western NY, Michele has lived in the southwest of Ireland since 2006 except for a 2 year period when she and her family lived in Florida. She lives with her husband, two boys, and a black lab named Rover. The beach is her go to place: any beach, any weather, any time.

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First Look at IT BEGAN WITH A LIE by Michele PW!

First Look at IT BEGAN WITH A LIE by Michele PW!

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Title: It Began With A Lie


Author: Michele Pariza Wacek

Release Date: September 10, 2018

Publisher: Love-Based Publishing

Series: Secrets of Redemption #1

Genre: Psychological thriller, romantic suspense, paranormal

Word Count: 110K

Format: Print and digital

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A fresh start. That was what Becca hoped the move from New York to Redemption, Wisconsin would be for her troubled family. A way to get her crumbling marriage back on track, and to bond with her difficult 16-year-old stepdaughter.

But instead of a new beginning, Becca is thrust into the mysterious past she barely remembers, as she is now living in her aunt’s house (or what the locals call “The Witch House”).

But is the house really haunted? Or is there something far more sinister out to destroy them?

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“You’re right. It’s perfect for us. I’m so glad we’re here,” I said, lying through my carefully pasted-on smile.

I tried to make my voice bright and cheery, but it sounded brittle and forced, even to me. I sucked in my breath and widened my smile, though my teeth were so clenched, my jaw hurt.

Stefan smiled back—actually, his mouth smiled but his dark brown eyes, framed with those long, thick lashes any woman would envy, looked flat … distracted. He hugged me with one arm. “I told you everything would be okay,” he whispered into my hair. His scent was even more musky than usual, probably from two straight days of driving and lack of shower.

I hugged him back, reminding myself to relax. Yes, everything is going to be okay. Remember, this move represents a fresh start for us—time for us to reconnect and get our marriage back on track. It’s not going to happen overnight.

His iPhone buzzed. He didn’t look at me as he dropped his arm and pulled it out of his pocket, his attention already elsewhere. “Sorry babe, gotta take this.” He turned his back to me as he answered the call, walking away quickly. His dark hair, streaked with silver that added a quiet, distinguished air to his All-American good looks was longer than normal, curling around his collar. He definitely needed a haircut, but of course, we couldn’t afford his normal stylist, and not just anyone was qualified to touch his hair.

I wrapped my arms around myself, goosebumps forming on my skin as a sudden breeze, especially cool for mid-May, brushed past me—the cold all the more shocking in the absence of Stefan’s warm body.

He has to work, I reminded myself. Remember why we’re here.

I remembered, all right. How could I forget?

I rubbed my hands up and down my arms as I took a deep breath, and finally focused on the house.

It was just as I remembered from my childhood—white with black shutters, outlined by bushy green shrubs, framed by tall, gently-swaying pine trees and the red porch with the swinging chair. It sat all by its lonesome in the middle of a never-developed cul-de-sac, the only “neighbors” being an overgrown forest on one side, and a marshy field on the other.

Okay, maybe it wasn’t exactly the way I remembered it. The bushes actually looked pretty straggly. The lawn was overgrown, full of dandelions going to seed, and the porch could definitely use a new paint job.

I sighed. If the outside looked like this, what on earth waited for me on the inside?


I swallowed back the bile that rose in the back of my throat. It slid to my stomach, turning into a cold, slimy lump.

The house of my childhood.

The house of my nightmares.

About Michele PW:


Michele Pariza Wacek (also known as Michele PW) taught herself to read at three years old because she so badly wanted to write fiction. As an adult, she became a professional copywriter (copywriters write promotional materials for businesses, nothing to do with protecting intellectual property or putting a copyright on something) and eventually founded a copywriting and marketing company. She grew up in Madison, Wisconsin and currently lives with her husband and dogs in the mountains of Arizona. You can reach her at She’s published two novels, “The Stolen Twin” and “Mirror Image,” both psychological thrillers/mystery/suspense books.


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