Book Reviews, Contemporary Romance

Review – Once Upon A Wedding: A Fiction From the Heart Second-Chances Anthology

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Once Upon A Wedding: A Fiction From the Heart Second-Chances Anthology (Anthology)
by Jamie Beck (Authors)
Tracy Brogan
Sonali Dev
K.M. Jackson
Donna Kauffman
Sally Kilpatrick
Falguni Kothari
Priscilla Oliveras
Barbara Samuel
Hope Ramsay
Liz Talley

This review is from: June 2, 2019 By Kay Daniels
Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Heat Level:🔥🔥

If you love weddings and second chance stories, then this anthology is absolutely perfect to add to your summer reading list.  This anthology revolves around couples that all get a second chance at love. Plus you get to experience eleven different weddings and who doesn’t love a wedding? Sappy vows make me tear up every time.

Whether it’s tense situations, the reminder of love lost, family, etc…these couples remember what it means to love. Once Upon A Wedding is a happy read with lots of very good stories packed inside. There is nothing in this book that will leave you disappointed at the end of the day, again, who doesn’t love a wedding?

I don’t have room or unfortunatly time to review all of them, so here is an insight into just a couple of them:

“I Do, Again”- Jamie Beck

While Ellie is finishing up the bride’s face on her wedding day, one of the bridesmaid’s turns ill. Even though Ellie is just the makeup artist, the bride offers up a deal that Ellie really can’t refuse and suddenly she is walking down the aisle in a borrowed gown looking at her ex whom is one of the groomsmen.

To say Cody never felt he had closure after his divorce is an understatement. What he never felt is that spark for anyone else again since Ellie. Seeing her again walk down the isle lit him up inside and he knew this was a sign, a second chance he wasn’t going to miss out on.

I Do, Again is a heartwarming story that was also funny. It is definitely a story that reminds you that love is work and isn’t all just filled with happy moments, but to enjoy each other while you have each other.

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“Weather or Knot” – Tracy Brogan

Allison Winters, a meteorologist, is sent on assignment to tag along with some storm-chasers. Her assignment is not only to catch great footage of the weather, but make sure it is interesting enough to bring up ratings. Allison is ready for the challenge…what she is not ready for is to sit in a truck with her ex for a week.

Dylan Parks hasn’t seen Allie for five years. Not since the day she broke his heart and returned her engagement ring. He is good at his job and can be professional, but having her close is like being caught right in the center of a storm.

Given this second chance and with perspective on their side, Dylan and Allison wonder what would have happened if things had worked between them five years ago, could they have actually worked given that their professional lives took them in different directions. Can they actually give it shot now that destiny has put them in each others path a second time around?

Too often we get caught up in love and emotion and don’t think practically, I enjoyed this story because it did look at both sides. Yes, I LOVE love, but reality does come into play, unfortunately. This was a great story with both action, love, and some real life practicality mixed in.

This anthology is filled with eleven all-new novellas that will have you reminiscing over your wedding vows or perhaps dreaming of your own future wedding day. These heartwarming, second chance love stories are fun and easy to pick up for an in-between read this summer.

Once Upon A Wedding Anthology is coming on June 11th!

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Book Reviews, Contemporary Romance

Review – Pop the Clutch by Kristin Harte

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Pop the Clutch; Second Gear #1 (Series)
by Kristin Harte (Author)

This review is from: June 2, 2019 By Kay Daniels
Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Heat Level:🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

Is there anything sexier than a man who displays vulnerability, is a gentleman, but is also still a man. Easton Cole runs his own business, fixes cars, takes care of his family, loves his mother, but also holds doors, cares about the feelings of the woman he’s with and is vulnerable enough to be himself without being a macho jerk about it. To sum up…Easton Cole is the perfect book boyfriend in every way!!! Pop the Clutch is an excellent book, but Easton makes it even better. I have a major BB hangover which I’m sure I’ll be riding for days!!!

Although we hear this again and again, it’s a story like this that hammers it home in a very real way. It’s a cruel lesson to learn while still in your youth, doing nothing more than what most of the adult population is doing behind closed doors, but because you were caught on camera and that video was shared not only among your peers, but also was leaked out for the world to see, your private life is no longer private. Your life, your world forever changes. You find out very quickly who your friends are, whom you can trust, and where you can and cannot hide.

Yes, the internet lasts forever, this is a hard lesson to learn for any youth, but even more so when it wasn’t your choice to make. Violet made a mistake, one she has been running from since her senior year of high school. It isn’t until her grandmother, the woman who raised her, needs her back home. The one place she hasn’t returned to since she graduated, that Violet faces some of those dark ghosts. She has been able to outrun a lot of her past through various means, but returning to a small town where she grew up and people will recognize her is agonizingly tough.

Easton Cole grew up on the wrong side of town, and once his father picked up and abandoned their family, Easton made a promise never to be like him. Staying close to his mother and sister and building a successful business Easton is a far cry from the boy who grew up in poverty. He always had a crush on Violet, long before her fall from grace, so when she arrives back in town looking lost and alone, he remembers all too well that feeling, the looks he and his family received when standing in the welfare lines, and decides to extend a friendship branch.

It isn’t long before Violet and Easton develop into something more, but will it be enough to extend beyond the time Violet is in town taking care of her grandmother? She’s been gone for almost a decade and Violet never expected to be back home for more than a short time, she also never expected someone like Easton in her life either. He makes being back home feel comfortable, but she also knows it’s a facade. It would be so easy to stay and let him take care of her, it would also be so easy to run once again and forget being with him ever happened. At least she keeps telling herself that. How does she return to normal when she’s torn in two?

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