Book Review: Mistletoe & Mr Right by Sarah Morgenthaler

Mistletoe & Mr Right by Sarah Morgenthaler book cover
Mistletoe & Mr Right by Sarah Morgenthaler book cover

Review copy provided by Sourcebooks in exchange for an honest review.

With the state of the world, I just want to fast-forward to Christmas and the end of the year. Fortunately, I was given the opportunity to read Mistletoe & Mr Right by Sarah Morgenthaler as an advanced copy – Sourcebooks basically brought Christmas early to my Kindle. Needless to say, I dove straight into it, and back into the small town of Moose Springs.

How the moose (almost) stole Christmas.

Lana Montgomery is everything the quirky small town of Moose Springs, Alaska can’t stand: a rich socialite with dreams of changing things for the better. But Lana’s determined to prove that she belongs…even if it means trading her stilettos for snow boots and tracking one of the town’s hairiest Christmas mysteries: the Santa Moose, an antlered Grinch hell-bent on destroying every bit of holiday cheer (and tinsel) it can sink its teeth into.

And really…how hard could it be?

The last few years have been tough on Rick Harding, and it’s not getting any easier now that his dream girl’s back in town. When Lana accidentally tranquilizes him instead of the Santa Moose, it’s clear she needs help, fast…and this could be his chance to finally catch her eye. It’s an all-out Christmas war, but if they can nab that darn moose before it destroys the town, Rick and Lana might finally find a place where they both belong…together.

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Book Review: Well Played by Jen DeLuca

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well played by jen deluca book coverA review copy was generously provided by Berkley Publishing Group.

Last summer, Well Met by Jen DeLuca had me wanting to pack a corset and head to the nearest renaissance fair. After doing a little happy dance that I received an early copy of the new sequel, Well Played (thanks Berkley!), I dove into it and read it over the course of two days. Well Played is an excellent follow up to Well Met – fans of the first book get to see the continued story of Emily and Simon, while discovering who Stacey (Emily’s friend from the first novel) is outside of the Faire and her character as a bar maiden.

Stacey is jolted when her friends Simon and Emily get engaged. She knew she was putting her life on hold when she stayed in Willow Creek to care for her sick mother, but it’s been years now, and even though Stacey loves spending her summers pouring drinks and flirting with patrons at the local Renaissance Faire, she wants more out of life. Stacey vows to have her life figured out by the time her friends get hitched at Faire next summer. Maybe she’ll even find The One.

When Stacey imagined “The One,” it never occurred to her that her summertime Faire fling, Dex MacLean, might fit the bill. While Dex is easy on the eyes onstage with his band The Dueling Kilts, Stacey has never felt an emotional connection with him. So when she receives a tender email from the typically monosyllabic hunk, she’s not sure what to make of it.

Faire returns to Willow Creek, and Stacey comes face-to-face with the man with whom she’s exchanged hundreds of online messages over the past nine months. To Stacey’s shock, it isn’t Dex—she’s been falling in love with a man she barely knows.

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Book Review: The Love Scam by MaryJanice Davidson

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the love scam by maryjanice davidson book coverA review copy was generously provided by St. Martin’s Griffin.

Unfortunately, this is going to be a short review for me – The Love Scam was a DNF for me. Given I didn’t finish this book, this will be a very personal review – my take after getting about 40% of the way in. Lets get down to brass tacks: why did I choose to “Do Not Finish” this book?

Rake Tarbell is in trouble. When the fabulously wealthy and carefree bachelor wakes up horribly hungover in Venice, it’s not something that would normally be a problem…except he has no idea how he got there from California. Or who stole his wallet. Or who emptied his bank account of millions. Or who in the world is Lillith, the charming little girl claiming to be his long lost daughter. For the first time in his life, Rake is on his own and throwing Benjamins around aren’t going to solve his problem. Now if only the gorgeous, fun, and free-spirited woman who brought Lillith into his life was willing to help the situation…

Claire Delaney finds Rake’s problems hilarious and is not in the least bit sorry of adding to them by bringing Lillith into the mix. A pretty Midwestern girl with a streak for mischief, Rake is not the kind of man Claire hangs around with. Even if he is drop-dead handsome and charming as all get-out. Even if he needs help and she has all the answers. But if this helps Lillith, she will go out of her way. And with a guy like Rake, she’s willing to bend her rules a bit for some fun. But when adventure-filled days turn to romantic nights as they search for answers, and someone starts following them through the streets of Venice, Claire realizes she’s playing more than just a game. And maybe, just maybe, she isn’t willing to let go of Rake or Lillith just yet.

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Book Review: The Wrong Mr. Darcy by Holly Lörincz and Evelyn Lozada

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A review copy was generously provided by St. Martin’s Griffin

the wrong mr darcy by evelyn lozada and holly lorinczI am obsessed with anything and everything Pride and Prejudice – I always jump at the opportunity to read a reimagining or adaptation. Naturally, I was very excited when the folks over at St. Martin’s Griffin reached out to me about The Wrong Mr. Darcy. The book was described to be a romantic comedy inspired by Pride and Prejudice about a sports reporter and a cocky professional basketball player. Unfortunately, The Wrong Mr. Darcy didn’t just fall short of being a good Pride and Prejudice inspired book, it failed at being a decent book at all.

Hara Isari has big ambitions and they won’t be sidetracked by her mother’s insisting that she settle down soon. She dreams of leaving her small-town newspaper behind, as well as her felon father, and building a career as a sports writer, so when she is chosen to exclusively interview a basketball superstar, she jumps at the chance. It’s time to show the bigwigs what she’s truly made of.

At the same time, she meets a rookie on the rise, Derek Darcy. Darcy is incredibly handsome, obnoxiously proud, and has a major chip on his shoulder. Hara can’t think of a man more arrogant and infuriating. However, fate keeps bringing them together—from locker rooms to elegant parties, to the storm of the century—and what begins as a clash might just be more complicated than Hara anticipated. When she begins to see Darcy in a new light, Hara is not quite sure if she should drop the ball or play the love game.

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Book Review: Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust

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girl, serpent, thorn by Melissa Bashardoust book coverA review copy was generously provided by Macmillan Audio for review.

I’ll be honest – a large reason why I requested this book was the cover – I mean, have you seen it? Girl, Serpent, Thorn is seriously one of the best cover designs of 2020. Cover judgements aside, the description of this book made it seem super interesting – a standalone YA fantasy that pulls inspiration from Sleepy Beauty and Persian folklore (honestly, the fact it was a standalone was a huge selling point).

There was and there was not, as all stories begin, a princess cursed to be poisonous to the touch. But for Soraya, who has lived her life hidden away, apart from her family, safe only in her gardens, it’s not just a story.

As the day of her twin brother’s wedding approaches, Soraya must decide if she’s willing to step outside of the shadows for the first time. Below in the dungeon is a demon who holds knowledge that she craves, the answer to her freedom. And above is a young man who isn’t afraid of her, whose eyes linger not with fear, but with an understanding of who she is beneath the poison.

Soraya thought she knew her place in the world, but when her choices lead to consequences she never imagined, she begins to question who she is and who she is becoming…human or demon. Princess or monster.

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