Thursday, April 1, 2021

Monthly Swoons - March 2021

 


March was such a busy month! My husband finally returned from deployment!! Yay! That was definitely the highlight of my month and the kids and I are so excited to have him home. It didnt leave as much time for reading, which is ok! But I was able to squeeze in 13 books this month!! Here are a few of my favorites....


World's Worst Boyfriend by Carina Taylor
Pub Date: April 27, 2021
Romantic Comedy Adventure
Rated PG+, Four Stars


Pub Date: February 25, 2021
Romantic Comedy Victorian Romance
Rated PG, Four Stars

Romancing Lord Ramsbury by Ashtyn Newbold
Pub Date: October 2019
Regency Romance
Rated G, Four Stars


So, what were your favorite reads of March??

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Bookshop by the Sea by Denise Hunter

Bookshop by the SeaBookshop by the Sea by Denise Hunter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this one and especially the setting of Piper's cove and bookshop Sophie is opening! I want to visit there! Second-chance love stories are also a favorite for me. I felt like Sophie and Aiden's relationship was so realistic, seeing each other again brought back a flood of memories, and I loved that they were forced to confront their past being stuck in a hurricane together. I also liked that it wasn't just smooth sailing, they had to confront the things that didn't work the first time around. The supporting cast was good as well. I liked the character development and how everything works out. Just a really fun "beach read" and one I would read again.

Content PG
Romance: Kissing
Language: None
Violence: None
Religion: Very mild

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The Matchmaker's Lonely Heart by Nancy Campbell Allen

The Matchmaker's Lonely HeartThe Matchmaker's Lonely Heart by Nancy Campbell Allen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I probably shouldn't use the word delightful when describing a murder mystery, but this book was delightful.

This story takes place in the late 1800s, and it was such a fascinating time in history and Ms. Allen did a great job of creating the setting and what life would have been like back then, especially for women who were gaining more rights and freedoms. Amelie such a likable and endearing heroine. She is a Woman of Independent Means, working at her aunts newspaper and living in her own apartment. She is innocent in a lot of ways, but savvy and witty. Our hero, the serious and handsome Detective Michael Baker is also very likable and it as fun to see this hardened detective melt around Amelie. They were really cute together!

I dont read a whole lot of mysteries, but I thought this one was well done. I loved the setting and how everything played out. Kept me engaged and turning the pages. I like the supporting cast a lot and hope Ms. Allen will make this a series and write about Amelie's cousins.

Content PG13 for mild violence
Romance: Kissing
Language: None
Violence: Plot surrounds a murder investigation(s), a kidnapping & attack, nothing overly graphic or gory.

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Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Manor for Sale, Baron Included by Esther Hatch

Manor for Sale, Baron Included  (A Romance of Rank #1)Manor for Sale, Baron Included by Esther Hatch
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

After seeing all the rave reviews pouring in for this one, I had to give it a try! I thought this was a delightful Victorian RomCom!

The synopsis really sums up the story nicely, so I won't repeat it. I liked the overall story, writing and characters. Lots of lighthearted moments, some swoony moments and ones that will touch your heart. I liked Sally, John, Victoria and the supporting cast. I thought it was well-written, had a nice flow to it so it was easy to stay up late reading to see what would happen next. I loved when Sally would do/say things that got John all riled up. I look forward to more in the series.



Content Rated PG
Romance: Kissing
Language: None
Violence: None

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Sunday, February 28, 2021

Monthly Swoons - February 2021


I don't know about you, but February flew by for me! It felt like we were constantly on the go and at the same time anxiously watching the calendar and wondering when my hubby would return from deployment (not until March now). I was able to get some great reading in though and ended up reading 21 books this month!! Another fun thing I realized, I was able to try nine new-to-me authors so far this year! This is the first year I have actually kept track and it has been fun discovering new authors to follow. 

So, my top favorite books I read in February are....

Regency Romance - Five Stars

This was the fist book I read by Ms. Kimball, it was charming and engaging and I loved every minute. Loved it so much, I went on a binge and read almost all her other books (I think I have one left that I'm holding on to!) 

Regency Romance - Four Stars

It had been awhile since I read a Bree Wolf regency and the synopsis really called to me. I ended up really enjoying this one and I'm eagerly awaiting the rest of the series. 

Dragon Chained by Haley Ryan
Urban Fantasy - Four Stars

This was a new-to-me author that I will continue to follow. It's hard finding good UFs, and I was happy to find this fun trilogy. Engaging, romantic, funny and just an overall fun series to get lost in for awhile. 


So, what were your favorite reads of February??

 

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

The Legendary Inge by Kate Stradling

The Legendary IngeThe Legendary Inge by Kate Stradling
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a lot of fun, loosely based on Beowulf and other Scandinavian elements, none of which I was too familiar with so it all just felt fresh and unique for me. I thought it was well written, a few twists to keep things interesting and a likable cast of characters.

Ingrid aka Inge was a fun character! She gets thrown into this awkward situation where the King believes she is a boy and adopts her as his son. Everyone believes the king is a bit crazy, so they all just go along with it. As the story progresses though there is a lot more going on than what Inge realizes. I also loved Raske, and was glad for the times we had his POV, and would have liked a bit more from him especially seeing his feelings change for Inge. (view spoiler) I loved their relationship though and how Raske really treated her differently than everyone else, even if she doesn't quite see that herself.

The end is a lot of fun, when all the secrets start coming to light and we finally see what has been going on. I love that its a standalone story, so the author didn't have to drag out certain plots, instead focusing on just writing one complete story, which I thought worked really well. Overall, a really enjoyable read.

Content Rated PG+
Romance: mild, kissing (G rated)
Language: none that I remember
Violence: mild+ some battles, fighting monsters, death

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Sunday, January 31, 2021

Monthly Swoons - January 2021


It's been a long while since I've done my monthly favorite posts. I thought it would be a fun one to start up again for 2021!! There are so many great books that come out throughout the year, I'd like another fun way to share them with everyone. 

I was a little surprised by how much I was able to actually read in January! NINETEEN books, I was able to get through! I was hoping to make an even 20 so maybe I can squeeze in a quick novella tonight before bed. There were a few books that really stood out to me this month, ones I had to encourage my friends to read and ended up doing a few buddy reads which is always so much fun. 

So the books I loved the most this month were....

The Promised Prince by Kortney Keisel

I couldn't put this one down. Its a super fun dystopian novel (that feels a lot like a High Fantasy novel lol), with a super swoony romance, fun setting, unexpected twists and just overall enjoyable read. I like that this series each book can stand on its own. Would definitely recommend this one. And isnt that cover great? 


Fate Calling by Lindsay Grace

This debut novel totally swept me into another world. I quickly got sucked into this world and characters and couldn't turn the pages fast enough. I am eagerly awaiting the release of the next book in the series. Also, another great cover!! 

Magic Forged by K.M. Shea

This was such a fun series! I really loved the characters and worldbuilding, I do wish the romance had been amped up a bit, its pretty slow-burn, but still works well in the context of the story. I loved the urban fantasy setting and look forward to more series set in this universe. Really fun read! 


Enough about me!!
What were your favorite books you read in January? 




Monday, January 4, 2021

My Favorite Books of 2020



I was so happy to reach my reading goal of 100 books this year, I actually ended up with 108 I think. Not only did I find some great books to read, but found some new authors to follow as well. The below books are the ones that really swept me off my feet, some gave me major book-hangovers and I've even re-read a few of them already. I would definitely recommend any of these books to someone looking for well written stories, great characters and swoony romance! 








*This is a clean read, don't let the partially clothed cover model fool you! lol



















Tuesday, December 15, 2020

The Seat Filler by Sariah Wilson

The Seat Filler: A NovelThe Seat Filler: A Novel by Sariah Wilson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Warning- lots of great chemistry, romantic banter, scrumptious hero and endearing heroine


This may be Sariah's best book yet, and that's saying a lot because all her books are so good! I can't even form words, I just want to go and read the book again. Loved the storyline, loved the characters, loved all the swoony, and I mean S.W.O.O.N.Y. kisses! Did I mention the swoony kisses? But seriously, the love story is so great. Noah and Juliet have great chemistry, fun banter and a genuine connection.

Y'all need to pre-order your copies right now. Like drop everything, you will not want to miss out on this book. I'll write a full review closer to release date, after I've probably read it a few more times. *happy sigh*

Content:
Romance: Clean...did someone mention swoony kisses yet?
Language: None
Violence: None


2021 Swoony Nominee: https://tinyurl.com/y593ce67

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Thursday, November 26, 2020

Unofficial 2017 Swoony Award Winners

I just realized, we never did a post of the 2017 Swoony Award winners. I believe that year, we were taking a bit of a break. We had the voting up on Goodreads, but didn't really do much other than that. Since I was updating the Swoony Award blog with a break down of each years winners, I thought I'd do a little post and spotlight the books that did win in 2017. 


Best Novel of the Year
and
Best Contemporary Novel of the Year
When Fireflies Sing by Christine Houston

Best Historical Romance
A Note Yet Unsung by Tamera Alexander

Best Mystery/Suspense Romance
Rescue Me by Susan May Warren

Best YA Contemporary
By Your Side by Kasie West

Best Western Historical Romance
Worth the Wait by Karen Witemeyer

Best Christmas Romance
Wrong Brother, Right Match by Jennifer Shirk

Best Anthology
A Timeless Romance: Valentine's Day Collection 

Best High Fantasy Romance
Keeping Kinley by Annette Larsen

Best Sports Romance
Delay of the Game by Lucy McConnell

Best Regency Romance
Romancing Daphne by Sarah Eden 

Kathy's Choice Award
The Pursuit of Lady Harriett by Rachael Anderson 

Kathy Jo's Choice Award
Statistically Improbably by Jennifer Peel