Accidentally Engaged by Farah Heron

Accidentally Engaged by Farah Heron
Accidentally Engaged by Farah Heron

A copy of Accidentally Engaged was provided by Forever

In the wise, wise words of Oprah, “I love bread!”. I’m also a huge fan of romance novels – put both of them together (and add a cooking reality show), and you have Accidentally Engaged by Farah Heron. 

Reena Manji doesn’t love her career, her single status, and most of all, her family inserting themselves into every detail of her life. But when caring for her precious sourdough starters, Reena can drown it all out. At least until her father moves his newest employee across the hall–with hopes that Reena will marry him.

But Nadim’s not like the other Muslim bachelors-du-jour that her parents have dug up. If the Captain America body and the British accent weren’t enough, the man appears to love eating her bread creations as much as she loves making them. She sure as hell would never marry a man who works for her father, but friendship with a neighbor is okay, right? And when Reena’s career takes a nosedive, Nadim happily agrees to fake an engagement so they can enter a couples video cooking contest to win the artisan bread course of her dreams.

As cooking at home together brings them closer, things turn physical, but Reena isn’t worried. She knows Nadim is keeping secrets, but it’s fine— secrets are always on the menu where her family is concerned. And her heart is protected… she’s not marrying the man. But even secrets kept for self preservation have a way of getting out, especially when meddling parents and gossiping families are involved.

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The Girl He Used To Know by Tracey Garvis Graves

the girl he used to know
the girl he used to know

I went into The Girl He Used to Know pretty much blind – I had no clue what to expect, I only knew that some of my very trusted reviewing friends had loved it. Whatever small preconceptions I had of this book, they were all pretty much wrong across the board – this book genuinely surprised me.

What if you had a second chance at first love?

Annika Rose likes being alone.
She feels lost in social situations, saying the wrong thing or acting the wrong way. She just can’t read people. She prefers the quiet solitude of books or playing chess to being around others. Apart from Jonathan. She liked being around him, but she hasn’t seen him for ten years. Until now that is. And she’s not sure he’ll want to see her again after what happened all those years ago.

Annika Rose likes being alone.
Except that, actually, she doesn’t like being alone at all.

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The Duke & I by Julia Quinn

The Duke & I by Julia Quinn
The Duke & I by Julia Quinn

Everyone is talking about one new Netflix show: Bridgerton. People are devouring it in a single day, and then turning to the book series to get their fix (at the time of writing this, there are three Brigderton books on the NYT Bestsellers List, over 20 years after their first publication). I’m basically describing myself here: after watching all 8 episodes, I managed to snag a copy of The Duke & I and jumped right in.

In the ballrooms and drawing rooms of Regency London, rules abound. From their earliest days, children of aristocrats learn how to address an earl and curtsey before a prince—while other dictates of the ton are unspoken yet universally understood. A proper duke should be imperious and aloof. A young, marriageable lady should be amiable…but not too amiable.

Daphne Bridgerton has always failed at the latter. The fourth of eight siblings in her close-knit family, she has formed friendships with the most eligible young men in London. Everyone likes Daphne for her kindness and wit. But no one truly desires her. She is simply too deuced honest for that, too unwilling to play the romantic games that captivate gentlemen.

Amiability is not a characteristic shared by Simon Basset, Duke of Hastings. Recently returned to England from abroad, he intends to shun both marriage and society—just as his callous father shunned Simon throughout his painful childhood. Yet an encounter with his best friend’s sister offers another option. If Daphne agrees to a fake courtship, Simon can deter the mamas who parade their daughters before him. Daphne, meanwhile, will see her prospects and her reputation soar.

The plan works like a charm—at first. But amid the glittering, gossipy, cut-throat world of London’s elite, there is only one certainty: love ignores every rule…

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This is Not the Jess Show by Anna Carey

this is not the jess show by anna carey

Thank you to Quirk Books for providing a review copy of This is Not the Jess Show

this is not the jess show by anna carey

When I was approached by Quirk Books about This is Not the Jess Show – I decided to read it without reading the description or anything about it. I only knew that it was a YA thriller written by Anna Carey (who you might know from the Eve trilogy). In hindsight, that was definitely the best way to approach this book – there are some excellent twists that are best left unspoiled (and I’ll do my best not to spoil them in this review).

Black Mirror meets My So-Called Life in this fast-paced, timely YA thriller about separating fact from fiction–and how far we’ll go to create our own version of reality.

Like any other teenager, Jess Flynn is just trying to get through her junior year without drama … but drama seems to keep finding her. Between a new crush on her childhood best friend, overprotective parents cramping her social life, and her younger sister’s worsening health, the only constant is change–and her hometown of Swickley, which feels smaller by the day.

Swickley is getting weirder by the day, too. Half the population has been struck down by a mysterious flu. Conversations end awkwardly when Jess enters the room. And then one day, a tiny, sleek black device–with an apple logo on it–falls out of her best friend’s backpack and lands at Jess’s feet.

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Enjoy the View by Sarah Morgenthaler

Enjoy the View by Sarah Morgenthaler Book Review

Thank you to Sourcebooks Casablanca for providing a review copy of Enjoy the View

Enjoy the View by Sarah Morgenthaler Book Review

Enjoy the View is the third book in the Moose Springs series – a series of books set in Alaska, focused on locals of a small town falling in love with tourists. Naturally, when I found out that this third entry would be about Easton, the mysterious mountain man, I was thrilled.

A grouchy mountaineer, a Hollywood starlet
And miles of untamed wilderness…
What could possibly go wrong?

Former Hollywood darling River Lane’s acting career is tanking fast. Determined to start fresh behind the camera, she agrees to film a documentary about the picturesque small town of Moose Springs, Alaska. The assignment should have been easy, but the quirky locals want nothing to do with River. Well, too bad: River’s going to make this film and prove herself, no matter what it takes.

Or what (literal) mountain she has to climb.

Easton Lockett may be a gentle giant, but he knows a thing or two about survival. If he can keep everyone in line, he should be able to get River and her crew up and down Mount Veil in one piece. Turns out that’s a big if. The wildlife’s wilder than usual, the camera crew’s determined to wander off a cliff, and the gorgeous actress is fearless. Falling for River only makes Easton’s job tougher, but there’s only so long he can hold out against her brilliant smile. When bad weather strikes, putting everyone at risk, it’ll take all of Easton’s skill to get them back home safely…and convince River she should stay in his arms for good.

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