Change for Lakewood Med T.J. Amberson (The Lakewood Series, #4) Publication date: May 31st 2022 Genres: Adult, Comedy, Contemporary, Romance
SOMETIMES LOVE HAS BEEN THERE ALL ALONG…
Elly Vincent, second-year emergency medicine resident at Lakewood Medical Center, swore off romance years ago. Her only problem: her best friend and the man she has secretly been in love with since high school, Grant Reed, just happens to be in her residency program. When Elly and Grant are assigned to spend a month together on an EMS rotation, Elly knows working closely with Grant will reignite all the feelings she has tried for years to ignore. Things at the fire station heat up even more when a dashingly handsome paramedic makes his interest in Elly clear. Suddenly, Elly finds herself torn between her love for Grant and the possibility of a relationship with someone new, and Elly knows that before the rotation concludes, she must not only decide if she wants to pursue an EMS fellowship, she must also sort out the true feelings of her heart.
Grant shifts his gaze back to me, and as our eyes meet, I become extremely aware of how closely Grant and I have been sitting to one another while we’ve been filming. Every ounce of me is drawn to him, yet in what has become a well-practiced move over the years, I make myself lean back to put more space between us.
Grant blinks a time or two, and then he pushes away from the table. Getting to his feet, he twists his torso to stretch. “Anyway, it’s a good thing you’re such a natural teacher when it comes to medical topics, El. You’re great with this type of thing. The video would bomb if I was the only one doing the teaching.”
I’m about to disagree with him when Grant’s shirt rises slightly while he continues stretching, giving me an unexpected glimpse of his abs. His profoundly well-defined, chiseled abs. I gulp. My eyes get wide as I stare, and my respirations get kind of shallow.
I knew Grant was extremely fit, but . . .
Holy, holy smokes.
I look the other way, resisting the urge to fan air past my face.
TJ Amberson hails from the Pacific Northwest, where she lives with her husband and nutty cocker spaniel. When she’s not writing, TJ might be found pretending to know how to garden, riding her bike, playing the piano, enjoying a hot chocolate, or scouring the Internet for cheap plane tickets. She adores all things cozy, seasonal, and holiday-themed; she cheers for happily-ever-afters; and she believes there’s no such thing as too much seasonal decor. With a love of multiple genres, TJ writes sweet romance and romantic comedies for adults and advanced teen readers, and clean fantasy adventures for teen and advanced tween readers.
Falling For My Hot Neighbor Rachael Brownell Publication date: June 9th 2022 Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
There’s a professional line in the sand. One I refuse to cross. I can’t afford to if I want to keep my secrets safe. To keep my life from falling apart again.
Those boundaries are tested when he moves in across the hall.
My new neighbor might just be the sexiest man I’ve ever seen. He’s also my patient’s brother which is why he’s off limits. But with him this close, I find it hard to ignore my attraction to him. To deny the spark between us. To avoid the magnetic pull I feel.
Because Alex is everything I’ve ever wanted in a man.
Kind and sweet, with a dirty mind and a touch that lights a fire inside me.
And he loves my son.
Which scares me the most.
It’s not just my heart at risk. The closer Alex gets, the more I fall for him, the more I risk exposing everything I’ve worked so hard to keep hidden.
Rachael Brownell is an Amazon bestselling author of contemporary, New Adult, and YA romance.
She lives in Michigan with her husband, son, snuggly dog, and hateful cat. She moonlights as a bartender a few days a week (her excuse to get out of the house and socialize) and writes full time. She published her first novel in 2013 and since she’s released more than 30 additional titles.
Rachael writes all kinds of romance – dark, sexy, sweet. She started her career writing young-adult romance and as she matured, so did her characters and her writing. These days, Rachael writes steamy, new adult romance. Her favorite tropes to write are small-town and friends to lovers.
When she’s not hiding in her office, writing her next novel, you can find her hanging out with her family, watching her son play baseball, or running on the treadmill at the gym (though she skips more days than she goes).
The Island of Summer Sunsets Susan Sands Publication date: June 8th 2022 Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Sail away with this heartwarming beach read about hope, family, and finding out who was meant for us.
Among the dunes and salty spray, off the South Carolina coast, where the daily tide swells and the minnow counts are the only news in town, something big might just change Janie Brooks’s life forever, for better or worse.
In the small southern village of Fripp, Janie’s life is moving along at about the same slow pace as the island—exactly the way she wants it. After the death of Janie’s husband, unable to find her own way, she spends her days with the seagulls and swallow-tailed kites, in the serene bliss of the Atlantic coast.
Until newcomer Ryan Kennedy and his teenage daughter move into the rental down the street, shaking up Janie’s well-ordered, simple life. Ryan has enough to deal with, being a single dad. All he wants is to move into a brand-new house in this quaint community and start fresh. But, with Janie down the street, that might be easier said than done.
Will Janie and Ryan find their own version of paradise? Or will one get in the way of the other?
A summer escape that will whisk you away to an island getaway and have you wishing for a seaside retreat with your feet in the sand and the golden sunset at your back. The Island of Summer Sunsets is perfect for fans of Robyn Carr, Brenda Novak, and RaeAnne Thayne.
Susan Sands grew up in a real life Southern Footloose town in Northwest Louisiana, complete with her senior class hosting the first ever prom in the history of their tiny public school with half the town chaperoning. Is it any wonder she writes Southern small town stories full of porch swings, fun and romance?
Susan lives in Roswell, Georgia with her husband, Doug, their Labradoodle, Watson, and lots of material for her next book. Her three adult children are in various stages of finishing college and getting off the payroll.
Raiden Ali Lucia Sky (Somnolence, #1) Publication date: June 6th 2022 Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Romance
I never expected to see my favorite rock band standing in the office of my high school getting their schedules. Kids my age aren’t known for touring the world and making music for the masses, but Somnolence is.
They welcome me. Raiden takes me in, loves me… it’s like a dream. Until darker forces, nightmares, and their own dark appetites come for me.
As I bent down to make sure the bottom of the dress was wrinkle free, my shape wear shifted around my stomach.
I gave it a quick tug as we headed out of the bridal suite. As I followed the group to the elevator, I could feel the telltale movement of my figure-enhancing undergarment curling in on itself.
Damn. Mackie was right. I should have worn the bodysuit style Spanx, but the idea of having to climb out of that thing every time I wanted to pee made me feel claustrophobic. Instead, I’d opted for the high-topped underwear style that stopped under my clear-strapped bra with a biker-shorts style bottom half that held in my pooch and upper thighs.
But it seemed like my support underwear was looking at that high slit as the getaway route. I shoved my hands into the pockets of my dress and tried to discretely yank them back into place with no one seeing, but they kept sliding down.
I figured I’d hike up my dress and give everything an unladylike tug in the elevator. The doors dinged open. A pack of five adolescent boys in the elevator stepped aside to let us in,
I debated taking a different carriage, but we’d met the only polite group of teenage boys, who held the door open for us.
“Going down, ma’am?” the red-headed one said, holding the door.
“Yes, thanks. We’re going to the ground floor,” Lauren said as she hurried into the elevator. There was plenty of room for us all to fit, but no room for me to hide.
When we reached the ground floor, I lingered behind, hoping to get a quick moment, but as our group stepped out, another tide of teens flooded in. Damn.
How the hell were all the teenagers staying at this hotel? I’d never stayed in a hotel this nice in my entire life, and they just traipse around here like it was a Motel Six across the street from an amusement park.
“Where’s Carolyn?” I heard Mackie ask. I’d fallen half a lobby behind.
“Coming,” I said, as I swam upstream against the flood of teenage testosterone trying to exit the elevator.
They paused and waited for me in the center of the lobby. I rushed to catch up. Pushing through the crowd shifted my errant underwear even more. The top folded in on itself, and the bottom shimmied down my leg another inch.
Everyone oohed and awed at Lauren. She was a beautiful bride, even in a town filled with beautiful people. But I couldn’t focus on that. The fight to tame my out-of-control control-top underwear consumed me.
I slipped my hands in my dress pockets and held onto my granny panties for dear life as we crossed the lobby to get to the Main ballroom. My walked morphed into a waddle the last few feet. The crotch of my undergarment threatened to make a break for my knees.
Our groomsmen, minus Bradley, were waiting at the entrance. Damn. No way could I do the underwear hike in front of Lauren’s new in-laws.
Mr. Bronson, Aiden’s dad, was there to walk Lauren down the aisle at the end. “Lauren, you look absolutely stunning,” he said as he gazed down at her. The broadness of his smile and the teariness in his eyes gave me a lump in my throat. I wished I had a dad that looked at me like that.
Mr. Bronson then turned to the rest of us. “You are all so beautiful.” My heart melted for a moment.
Everyone paired off with our counterparts except me—still no Bradley.
Damien, Mackie’s boyfriend, and Aiden’s younger brother, answered his phone and spoke. “Yup, the Main ballroom. On the East side of the lobby.”
He hung up and made another quick call. The music started. Damien looked over at me. “He’s coming now. Literally thirty seconds away.”
We would march down the aisle at any moment. I looked around and spotted a large potted plant in a corner near the wall. Everyone’s attention was fixated on the ballroom. This was my last chance. I ducked behind the plant, turned my back, hiked up my dress, and made unladylike adjustments to my shape wear.
I looked up as I continued to adjust.
A stunningly handsome man in a tuxedo was five inches from my face, holding his jacket up like he was a bullfighter or something. I stifled a scream, but a high-pitched squeak escaped from my throat before I could flip my skirt down.
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I’m Tina Gabor, and it’s so much fun getting to write the books I love reading. Gorgeous men and fierce, feisty, and funny women are my jam.
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I set most of my in Southern California and Florida. I grew up in South Florida, and now I live in Southern California with my fiancee and a stray cat we named Fred.
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This is my second year taking part in this challenge hosted by Cathy746books. The rules are quite easy and everything is super relaxed (it’s summer, folks!)- just choose books from your tbr and read them between the 1st of June and the 1st of September. You can drop your goal from 20 to 15 or 10 (or I guess any other number you’re happy with) and you can also change your list half way through (mood readers, rejoyce!).
Last year I did end up reading all twenty (changed a couple titles on the go-don’t you love this challenge already?), but this summer all I’m craving is fantasy and there are so many other great genres. Plus, sometimes I want to try a series, but I’m not sure if I should save 2-3-4 spots for it. So, here is my very tentative list and we’ll see where my mood takes me:
1 The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Reid Jenkins- I read this one in the first week of June, so it should really count.
2 The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley- I really liked this newest thriller from Lucy Foley. I was almost halfway through and was still wondering what exactly was going on, then a twist shed a different light on everything and suddenly it all made sense. Very interesting!
3 Fake it Until You Bake It by Jamie Weslie
4 Raybearer + Redemptor by Jordan Iflueko- fantasy summer, here we come…
5 Hotel Magnifiique by Emily J.Taylor
6 Forestborn by Elayne Audrey Becker- the second book is coming out at the end of August
7 A Rip Through Time by Kelley Armstrong
8 The Crossing Places by Elly Griffith
9The Night Shift by Alex Finlay
10 Adult Assembly Required by Abbi Waxman
11 Booked on Feeling by Jaici Lee
12 Hail Mary Project by Andy Weir- thought I could sneak in another SFF book without you noticing
13 The Missing Girls of Alardyce House by Heather Atkinson
14 Our Crooked Hearts by Melissa Albert
15 The Empire of Vampire by Jay Kristoff- honestly, these three have nothing in common apart from being supposedly dark
16 Book Lovers by Emily Henry
17 Something Wilder by Christina Lauren
18 Book of Night by Holly Black- yep, sneaking in another one
19A Mirror Mended by Alix E.Harrow
20 Sea of Tranquility by Emily St.John
21 Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
22/23 House of Earth and Blood by Srah J.Mass (finished 16 June) and House of Sky and Breath
Jana from That Artsy Girl assigns each Tuesday a topic and then posts her top ten list that fits that topic. Anybody is welcome to join and create their own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well. You can put a unique spin on the topic to make it work for you!
June 7: Books With a Unit of Time In the Title (seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years, eternity, etc.) (Submitted by RS @ The Idealistic Daydream)
Here is my list (in no particular order):
1 29 Seconds by T.Logan
2 10 minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World by Elif Shafak
3 Eight Perfect Hours by Lia Louis
4 The Last Hours by Minette Walters
5 A Bad Day for Sunshine / A Good Day for Chardonnay/A Hard Day for a Hangover by Darynda Jones
6 Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor
7 56 Days by Catherine Ryan Howard
8 The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
9 The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham
10 The Grace Year by Kim Liggett
Have you read any of these books? If yes, did you like or hate them?
Upcoming Top Ten Tuesday Topics:
June 14: Books I Wish Had An Epilogue June 21: Bookish Wishes (List the top 10 books you’d love to own and include a link to your wishlist so that people can grant your wish. Make sure you link your wishlist to your mailing address [here’s how to do it on Amazon] or include the email address associated with your ereader in the list description so people know how to get the book to you.) June 28: Books On My Summer 2022 To-Read List July 5: Most Anticipated Books Releasing In the Second Half of 2022 July 12: Book Covers That Feel Like Summer (Submitted by Ellie @ Curiosity Killed the Bookworm) July 19: Freebie (Come up with your own topic!) July 26: Books From My Past Seasonal TBR Posts I STILL Haven’t Read (Submitted by Dedra @ A Book Wanderer) August 2: Books Set In a Place I’d Love to Visit (real places or fictional) August 9: Hilarious Book Titles August 16: Books I Love That Were Written Over Ten Years Ago August 23: Completed Series I Wish Had More Books August 30: School Freebie (In honor of school starting up soon, come up with a topic that somehow ties to school/education. The book could be set at school/college, characters could be teachers, books with school supplies on the cover, nonfiction titles, books that taught you something or how to do something, your favorite required reading in school, books you think should be required reading, your favorite banned books, etc.)
Thank you for stopping by and reading the post! Have a wonderful Tuesday!
Happy Publication Day to Forging Silver Into Stars by Brigid Kemmerer!
From the Blurb:
Return to the Cursebreaker world in a new series by New York Times bestselling author Brigid Kemmerer.
Far outside royal circles, in the small town of Briarlock, two friends struggle to survive. Jax, a blacksmith by trade and Callyn, a baker, care more about getting through the hard winter than keeping up with rumors about the King’s dangerous magic. When the King’s Courier, Lord Tycho, stops at Jax’s forge he is quick to befriend Jax and Callyn, at ease with their way of life. But he’s not the only stranger to visit Briarlock—the town has long been an outpost for the anti-magic Truthbringers, who seek to destroy the King. Jax and Callyn suddenly find themselves embroiled in a world of shifting alliances and ancient magic . . . and even the deepest loyalties are put to the test. Expanding the world of her beloved series, Brigid Kemmerer introduces new characters that will quickly become fan favorites.
Publisher: Bloomsbury YA Publication Date: June 7, 2022 Fantasy
Brigid Kemmerer is the New York Times bestselling author of Defy the Night, the Cursebreakers series, Call It What You Want, More Than We Can Tell, Letters to the Lost, and the Elementals series. She was born in Omaha, Nebraska, though her parents quickly moved her all over the United States, from the desert in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to the lakeside in Cleveland, Ohio, and several stops in between, eventually settling near Annapolis, Maryland. http://www.brigidkemmerer.com @BrigidKemmerer
It’s Monday! What are you Reading is a weekly meme hosted by Kathryn from Book Date, a place to share and discuss what we’ve read in the past week and what we’re in the middle of or are planning to read this week.
What I read / listened to last week:
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid-one of the best reads this year.
Sweet Love and Country Roads by Camilla Isley
What I am reading/listening to now:
The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley
Only In Darkness by Brenda Stanley
What I’m reading /listening to next:
Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce
First Blood by Angela Marsons
How did your last week go and what are you reading this week?
Thank you to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to participate in the blog tour for Camilla Isley’s new rom-com Sweet Love and Country Roads.
Sweet Love and Country Roads
Falling for the wrong cowboy never felt so good . . .
Samantha Baker is a high-flying movie producer living in New York City. She loves her shoes, drinking cosmopolitans, and wouldn’t trade the comforts of city life for anything in the world. But when her job is put on the line, Samantha has no other choice than to move to the middle of nowhere to straighten out the filming of her latest romantic comedy blockbuster.
Her new country home has no Starbucks, no Pilates, and the one pub in town has never heard of appletinis—only serves beer and whiskey neat. On the plus side, the views are scenic. And not just for the aerial shots, as the local eye-candy provides a welcome distraction.
At least until Samantha discovers a native cowboy, Travis Hunt, is the source of all her troubles…
And the battle begins.
Each has something the other wants, but as Samantha and Travis go head to head, they might discover the endgame has changed. When hate turns to heat, all becomes fair in love and war for these two sworn enemies who’ve been playing a game of hearts.
But will a roll in the hay be enough to make Samantha decide there’s no sex in the city and convert to country living?
My love for Camilla Isley’s romcoms is well-attested- they are sweet, short, fast-paced, and incredibly entertaining. What’s girl to do, but wait impatiently for Camilla’s next book?
The protagonist of Sweet Love and Country Roads, Samantha, is a hard-working, successful movie producer and a New Yorker to the marrow of her bones. When she is asked to move to a small town in Indiana to supervise a production, which has been stalling for some unknown reason, Samantha is absolutely horrified. Once on location, Sam discovers that the views are indeed gorgeous, if you are into rural landscapes (Samantha isn’t, give her New York skyline and traffic noise to make her happy) and cowboy washboard abs (yes, her landlady’s son Travis is a sight to behold), but work comes first, and Sam always valued brains over brawn. Well, the joke is on her, as there’s much more to Travis than just his cowboy looks and Sam might have found both the source of her work problems and her match in terms of intellect and steely spine.
Camilla’s sense of humour is as good as usual- she had me laughing out right from her encounter with Betsy, the cow that just wouldn’t move to let busy movie people pass- and why should she? If you love a good romcom, you’ll probably read this one in one sitting, as it is so much fun and difficult to put down. Fans of enemies-to-lovers and a small town setting, look no further!
Lots of banter, an easy-going, fun writing style, and a sweet, romantic message- communication, compromise, and commitment to working on your relationship will go a long way (or should I say long distance?). If you are a fan of strong, independent heroines and kind, attentive, smart heroes, you’ll love this couple and their journey to their own unique happily-ever-after.
Can’t wait to read Camilla’s next book!
Thank you to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources and the author for the review copy, provided in exchange for an honest opinion.
Author Bio –
Camilla is an engineer who left science behind to enter the whimsical realm of romantic fiction.
She writes contemporary rom-coms. Her characters have big hearts, might be a little stubborn at times, and love to banter with each other. Every story she pens has a guaranteed HEA that will make your heart beat faster. Unless you’re a vampire, of course.
Camilla is a cat lover, coffee addict, and shoe hoarder. Besides writing, she loves reading—duh!—cooking, watching bad TV, and going to the movies—popcorn, please. She’s a bit of a foodie, nothing too serious. A keen traveler, Camilla knows mosquitoes play a role in the ecosystem, and she doesn’t want to starve all those frog princes out there, but she could really live without them.