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Finally Mine by Elena Aitken


Second in this steamy series. The close BFF’s are the highlight of this story. The steam is almost overwhelming, the story has much unrealized potential. Quick, hot, good read. 

RELEASE DAY! Shopping for a Highlander by Julia Kent


Shopping for a Highlander

Series: Shopping for a Highlander #2

Author: Julia Kent

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Release Date: January 11, 2022

 

My Bag of Books blog review link:

http://Pippen.booklikes.com/post/4740075/shopping-for-a-highlander-by-julia-kent

 

BLURB

 

I’m a professional chickenblocker.

 

Except “chicken” is a euphemism.

 

I get paid to follow a womanizing troglodyte who thinks rules are for other people and that my pants are the next pair he’s getting into.

 

Dream on.

 

Bet your first professional job didn’t involve babysitting an extremely hot, muscle-bound Scottish Highlander with an ego the size of a kilt and a libido bigger than his…well…

 

Chicken.

 

Keeping Scottish football (that’s ‘soccer” to us Americans) player Hamish McCormick away from inappropriate scandals while he does product endorsement campaigns is my mission.

 

No problem.

 

Until Hamish decides I’m his next scandal.

 

And maybe more….

 

Shopping for a Highlander is an enemies-to-lovers, slow burn romance that opens with a surprise kiss and ends with a happily ever after. This sports comedy in the New York Times bestselling Shopping for a Billionaire world contains no actual chickens, but it has plenty of locker room scenes, a fake relationship, very real banter, and more. You do not have to have read the previous books in this world, though after you read about Amy and Hamish, you’ll want to.



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Excerpt:

When I look at Hamish McCormick, all my senses ignite, which tells me one important thing: This has to be suppressed. Not just because my job depends on it. Those clauses in the contract were put there by me. He's right. Not only did I add those for professional reasons, I also feel myself spinning out of control when I'm around him. I feel something new. Something disturbing. Something so impulsive, the normally strong piece of me that closes off to the world is suddenly hanging on by a thread. It's atavistic and raw, vulnerable and revealing. Which makes him even more dangerous than I originally thought. Blurring the lines between my job and my libido is a big, firm no.

 

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#1 Shopping for a Turkey

 

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AUTHOR BIO

 

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Julia Kent writes romantic comedy with an edge. Since 2013, she has sold more than 1.5 million books, with 4 New York Times bestsellers and more than 16 appearances on the USA Today bestseller list. Her books have been translated into French and German, with more titles releasing soon. From billionaires to BBWs to new adult rock stars, Julia finds a sensual, goofy joy in every contemporary romance she writes. Unlike Shannon from Shopping for a Billionaire, she did not meet her husband after dropping her phone in a men's room toilet (and he isn't a billionaire). She lives in New England with her husband and three children in a household where the toilet seat is never, ever, down.



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The Summer Getaway by Susan Mallery


Another excellent read from Susan Mallery. This story centers on family issues, young adult children, separated parents and growing pains of “adulting” for all involved. Robyn, the main character, is a bit of a paragon of virtue and a good portion of this book involve droves of tears. The book is a good one and a fast read. Grab this or add it to your TBR list so you don’t miss it.

Shopping for a Highlander by Julia Kent

Another top read by Julia Kent. This one took a little navigation regarding the Scottish slang, but well, worth the “head scratching

Omens Bite by P. C. Cast & Kristen Cast

A teen fantasy with too many characters, teen angst and no depth. Not my cup of tea. Other readers may enjoy this series.

Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson

Truly a great read. The dystopia of living poor with the combination of social persecution, is prevalent throughout this storyline. Loved this book, poignant and uplifting make this a “do not miss” read. Definite addition to your TBR List.

twisted by Blair Babylon

Another hot, twisty turn from the LeRosey group. The smoking hot, sinister, mafia stories just keep coming. This one ends on a cliffhanger, which is irritating, even for Ms. Blair’s die hard fan’s, but the action, steam and blossoming romance, kind of make up for the bit of disappointment. Grab this one and any previous unread books in the Billionaires in Disguise series, while waiting for the next in Twist’s adventure.

Do not miss this newest from Brenda Jackson.


ONE CHRISTMAS WISH

Author: Brenda Jackson

ISBN: 9781335201980

Publication Date: October 26, 2021

Publisher: HQN Books

 

My Bag of Books blog review link:

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Author Bio: 

 

Brenda Jackson is a New York Times bestselling author of more than one hundred romance titles. Brenda lives in Jacksonville, Florida, and divides her time between family, writing and traveling.



Book Summary:

 

It’s Christmas in Catalina Cove, a time of promise and second chances. But when you’re starting over, love is the last thing you’re wishing for…

 

Vaughn Miller’s Wall Street career was abruptly ended by a wrongful conviction and two years in prison. Since then, he’s returned to his hometown, kept his head down and forged a way forward. When he is exonerated and his name cleared, he feels he can hold his head up once again, maybe even talk to the beautiful café owner who sets his blood to simmering.

 

Sierra Crane escaped a disastrous marriage—barely. She and her six-year-old goddaughter have returned to the only place that feels like home. Determined to make it on her own, Sierra opens a soup café. Complication is the last thing she needs, but the moment Vaughn walks into her café, she can’t keep her eyes off the smoldering loner.

 

When they give in to their attraction, what Sierra thought would be a onetime thing becomes so much more. Vaughn knows she’s the one. Sierra can’t deny the way Vaughn makes her feel, but she’s been burned before. With Christmas approaching, Vaughn takes a chance to prove his love, and it will be up to Sierra to decide if her one Christmas wish—true happiness—will come true.

The Christmas Wedding Guest by Susan Mallery

 

THE CHRISTMAS WEDDING GUEST

Author: Susan Mallery

ISBN: 9781335522450

Publication Date: September 28, 2021

Publisher: HQN Books

 

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Author Bio: 

 

Susan Mallery is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of novels about the relationships that define women's lives—family, friendship, romance. Library Journal says, “Mallery is the master of blending emotionally believable characters in realistic situations," and readers seem to agree—40 million copies of her books have sold worldwide. Her warm, humorous stories make the world a happier place to live.

 

Susan grew up in California and now lives in Seattle with her husband. She's passionate about animal welfare, especially that of the two ragdoll cats and adorable poodle who think of her as mom.

 

Book Summary:

 

The last thing Reggie Sommerville wants is to come back home for Christmas. It's only been a year and a half since her boyfriend, Jake, proposed and then broke up with her, all in one weekend, and the prospect of facing the entire town is humiliating. But when her parents reveal that they're renewing their vows in the lavish wedding they always wanted and her mother asks her to be a bridesmaid, Reggie knows she can't say no. No matter how much she wants to. She expected the town would be gossiping about her relationship with Jake, but she never expected to run into Toby, her first love that broke her heart all those years ago, living in town and raising his son. She always thought things between them were long over…but this Christmas is full of surprises.

 

Dena Sommerville has only ever wanted one thing: to have a child. But motherhood has been alluding her because she never met the right man…until she took the bull by the horns and decided to have a baby as a single mom. She knew it would be difficult and the morning sickness alone is knocking her down for the count, but she’s determined to do this on her own. So when a handsome musician checks into the inn where she works, Dena is surprised when a friendship develops. He has his own issues to work through—that much is clear. But she can’t deny there’s something between them

 

This Christmas, guilted into being bridesmaids at their parents’ vow renewal ceremony, Reggie and Dena Sommerville just might find the most unexpected gift of all—love.

 

RELEASE DAY!

Finally Yours by Elena Aitken

Reblogged from My Bag Of Books:

“Forty is the new twenty”. Well, this is a true statement with regard to this story. The immature angst that targets a good portion of this book, is distasteful. The story has potential and there are some great interactions between the girl friends, which is what saved this read for me. There is steam, a small bit of romance and an HEA.

Second Chance Santa by JJ Knight. Release Day!

 


Second Chance Santa

Author: JJ Knight

Genre: Standalone romantic comedy

Release Date: November 15, 2021

Cover Design: Lori Jackson
Cover Image: Wander Aguiar

 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/59108228-second-chance-santa

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/books/second-chance-santa-a-holiday-romantic-comedy-by-jj-knight

 

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Blurb:

I never thought the love of my life would turn out to be -- a mall Santa.

Second Chance Santa is a holiday romantic comedy about the one who got away, the perils of resting Grinch face, and all the delicious ways to unwrap a candy cane.



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Early Reviews: 

Santa for the holidays? Yes, please! JJ’s Knight’s SECOND CHANCE SANTA is an absolutely delightful (and seriously steamy!) holiday rom com that will have you wanting your very own Mack under the tree! ~ NYT Bestselling author J. Kenner

 

This endearing romance is the funny, feel-good romance of the holiday season you've been looking for, where nice girls get their naughty happily ever after.  ~ USA Today bestselling author Blair Babylon

 

Excerpt:

Rory’s tone is tough as she says, “It’s been a long time since I saw you last.” She pokes my belly pillow. “You’ve gone soft.”

 

“Maybe I’ve had a lot of milk and cookies lately.”

 

She shakes her head. “I never thought I’d see you like this.”

 

“Like what?”

“You were the best of the best! What happened?”

 

“You act like being Santa is the worst thing that I could do.”

 

She hesitates. My mind floods with images of her from a decade ago. Tousled hair in the morning. Sleeping in my bed. I’m not sure I ever got over her.  “Are you in town long?” I ask.

 

“I live here.”

 

I control my expression. Rory’s back in L.A. and I didn’t even know. I used to know everything about her, including the exact spot that made her scream. I swear it’s the memories talking when I hear my own treacherous voice say, “Meet me this weekend.”

 

Rory’s about to answer when a sharp-eared kid yells, “What about Mrs. Claus?”

 

I don’t even hesitate. “She wants to see my North Pole,” I call out, enjoying the snort-laugh I get out of Rory.

 

The kids chorus, “Show her! Show her!”

 

Rory is losing it. She keeps trying to straighten her expression, but she can’t hold it. “You’re terrible,” she squeaks out.

 

“Same as I always was.” I lean close to her ear. “By the way, there is no Mrs. Claus.”

 

About the Author: 

JJ Knight is the USA Today and Amazon Top 100 bestselling author of contemporary romance and romantic comedy including Tasty Mango and Big Pickle.

 

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Chill Factor Release Day!

Cabin Fever by Anna Bishop Barker. A steamy hot chocolatey goodie. Fast paced, romantic suspense with a gratifying ending.  All the other novellas are excellent reads, but this one alone is well worth your time spent reading. Grab this anthology of snowy Christmas goodness.

The Shadow of Memory by Connie Berry


First Connie Berry book. Found the story slow, the characters and places were the best of this story. Ok read, not a favorite.  Loved the cover. 

Laugh out loud, grab this one!

Shopping for a Turkey by Julia Kent

Reblogged from My Bag Of Books:


Most of my laugh out loud moments while reading, are due to Julia Kent and her wicked, fun, twisty storylines. This one is at the top of that list. I have loved all the “Shopping” books, this Turkey extravaganza reminds us what is best about this holiday and of course, the addition of the Jacoby’s own brand of family entertainment. Grab an adult libation, put your feet up and enjoy!

Finally Yours by Elena Aitken

“Forty is the new twenty”. Well, this is a true statement with regard to this story. The immature angst that targets a good portion of this book, is distasteful. The story has potential and there are some great interactions between the girl friends, which is what saved this read for me. There is steam, a small bit of romance and an HEA.

Shopping for a Turkey by Julia Kent Release day!



Shopping for a Turkey

Series: Shopping for a Billionaire #18

Author: Julia Kent

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Release Date: November 2, 2021

 

MY BAG OF BOOKS BLOG REVIEW LINK:

http://Pippen.booklikes.com/post/4600035/shopping-for-a-turkey-by-julia-kent

 

BLURB

 

I don’t understand Americans.

 

Or, as we say in Scotland, I dinna understand ye eedjits.

 

And I definitely dinna understand the crazy mother-in-law of my cousin Declan. Who in their right mind names a wee dog Chuffy?

 

I’m stuck in New York after ma agent makes a bloody mess of an otherwise good endorsement contract for a sports towel company, and this crazy American holiday–Thanksgiving–is in two days.

 

The invitation to spend it in Mendon, Massachusetts, with the Jacoby family is about as appealing as rotten haggis. As far as I can tell, Thanksgiving is about stuffing yerself silly, watching pathetic American “football,” while fighting with relatives ye only see once a year.

 

If I wanted that last one, I’d head back to Scotland, where we dinna need a holiday to be salty to each other.

 

Ma firm answer is nae.

 

Until I remember Amy is part of the family.

 

Suddenly, I’m available.

 

Eager, even. Perhaps she’ll pull ma wishbone. I hear that’s part of the Turkey Day festivities, aye?

 

What I canna admit, though, is how she pulls ma heartstrings, too.

 

Which shouldna feel better than the wishbone, but it does.

 

And here comes Amy's mother with another holiday tradition, this one a bit early.

 

A sprig o’ mistletoe, dangling right above Amy’s bonnie head.

 

–-

 

Shopping for a Turkey features Scottish football player Hamish McCormick and Amy Jacoby as they navigate unusual cultural norms, new traditions, and the undeniable attraction between these two characters, who have appeared as supporting players in Julia Kent's New York Times-bestselling Shopping series.

 

It's their turn to have their own all-new spinoff series. And to pull the wishbone. ;)



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Excerpt

Amy

 

My attention wanders to the back yard. I watch Hamish doing sprint after sprint, over and over, each one as enthusiastically brutal as the last. His legs are a work of art. I'll give him that.

 

Soccer player legs are a thing. Tree trunks in muscled form, they're huge and powerful, developed by years of daily footwork and bold runs. He's a cocky jerk, but a premier player like Hamish doesn't get to his level without a crushing amount of hard body work.

 

He just keeps going, sprint after sprint, ignoring the dripping sweat, until he stops to drink, then...

 

Starts again.

 

My boots are by the front door, so I pass Dad and Declan, who are laughing together about James being a sophisticated older man. Massachusetts winters mean the heavy boots come out in late October. I'm fine without a coat today, my sweats warm enough, but no way will I head out there bootless.

 

The yard gets plenty of sun, so the ground he's running on is tan, dead grass, but there’s a perimeter of snow at the base of the fence, where it’s always in the shade. It's cold enough for the top layer of dirt to be frozen, but the terrain is uneven.

 

Nothing like a soccer field.

 

“It's not flat like the fields you're used to playing on,” I call out from a small spot of clear concrete on the patio.

 

“Pitch.”

 

“Excuse me? Did you just call me a bitch?”

 

That makes him stop, brow down, sweat dripping from copper-colored ringlets, true horror in his eyes. “What? Nae! I said pitch. With a P.”

 

“What's a pitch?”

 

“A field. A soccer field.” He says soccer the way I say, well...

 

His name.

 

Dripping with sarcasm.

 

“Are you capable of having a single conversation with me that doesn't involve insults or sex?”

 

“I was about to ask ye the same, Amy.”

 

COMING SOON

 

Shopping for a Highlander – Releasing January 11

 

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AUTHOR BIO

 

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Julia Kent writes romantic comedy with an edge. Since 2013, she has sold more than 1.5 million books, with 4 New York Times bestsellers and more than 16 appearances on the USA Today bestseller list. Her books have been translated into French and German, with more titles releasing soon. From billionaires to BBWs to new adult rock stars, Julia finds a sensual, goofy joy in every contemporary romance she writes. Unlike Shannon from Shopping for a Billionaire, she did not meet her husband after dropping her phone in a men's room toilet (and he isn't a billionaire). She lives in New England with her husband and three children in a household where the toilet seat is never, ever, down.



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