Book Reviews, Contemporary Romance, Year of Reviews - 2021

Review – Love Next Door by Helena Hunting


Love Next Door; Lakeside #1 
(A standalone within a series)

Publication Date: July 27, 2021

Genre/Tropes: Small Town/Contemporary Romance

Author: Helena Hunting

Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars



Witty, smart, and lots of chemistry between the two neighbors. A perfect addition to Hunting’s contemporary books!

Van Firestone inherits his grandmother’s estate, which includes land and her sweet little cottage that just so happens to be located right next to Dillon Stitch’s trailer. These two have an instant hate-enemy relationship due in large part to misconceptions, but their meet-cute is funny and their feisty relationship continues with all of the Helena Hunting quirks that I have come to love with reading her books.

Dillon hasn’t always lived in a trailer next to Van’s now deceased grandmother, she used to live in Chicago. She had a job, an apartment, and a boyfriend, but all of those are now in the past as she is back home basically living with her parents, albeit in their trailer on their property. When she received a call from her father asking for help back home it might have come at the right time when her life was also imploding, but she wasn’t planning on staying, just long enough to sort out her next step and help her dad while he was short staffed.

Van arrived in Pearl Lake to finally sort out his grandmother’s estate and none too early. His life back in Chicago suddenly exploded with a scandal and hiding out in the small town was the best place to be. The longer he stayed the more he enjoyed the people, the small town life and especially his growly neighbor. Thoughts of staying grow more and more the longer he stays, but it might come down to a surly neighbor. Yes, they may not have gotten off the best start, but he liked her spirit and the more he got to know her the more he really liked her.

While they both actually lived in the big city and now ended in the small town, could these two neighbors want the same thing at the end of the day?

I loved all the banter, the quirky secondary characters, and of course the mention of some of my favorite Hunting characters along the way. This book is a great addition to her overall contemporary works and just a fun book to read.


When Dillion Stitch left her hometown, she had no intention of going back. But when her brother gets into trouble, Dillion reluctantly agrees to return home to take her place at the family business.

Being back in Pearl Lake after all these years feels familiar, but also brings a few surprises. She’s quick to notice that someone new has shown up at the cottage next door. Dillion gets more than an eyeful when she goes to check out the newcomer and meets Donovan “Van” Firestone—her beloved neighbor’s grandson—in all his unclothed glory.

Having gotten off to a rocky start, it’s not long before they begin bickering with each other all over town. All that back and forth inevitably sparks an undeniable attraction. But Dillion’s family has issues, Van’s family resents him, and neither Dillion nor Van feels truly at ease in the small town. For these Pearl Lake exiles, home isn’t just where the heart is—it’s where things get complicated.

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Book Reviews, Contemporary Romance, Year of Reviews - 2021

Review – Private Player by Louise Bay

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Private Player 
(A standalone)

Publication Date: July 27, 2021

Genre/Tropes: Contemporary Romance

Author: Louise Bay

Review Rating: 4.5 Gold Stars4.5 stars



A cute contemporary romance full of steam and lots of chemistry.

Private Player begins where Nathan and Madison meet at a wedding and their meet-cute turns into a very steamy one-night stand. Neither one ever thought they would meet again, much less that Madison would be the journalist who would be assigned to Nathan as the writer to turn around his playboy image. So far he is not off to a great start.

Madison needs her job at The Post and she cannot give up her new assignment just because she happens to know Nathan a little more personally than most people. They both agree to keep their one night of passion on the DL while she covers this expose, but will they be able to actually keep their hands, mouths, and other body parts to themselves as well?

I liked that they both needed each other to survive the otherside of the PR nightmare, while they were both fighting their attraction.

Private Player takes place in England so it is full of British terminology, that I actually enjoyed, but if that isn’t your jam you might want to skip this one. However, if you love hearing about knickers, jumpers, or lifts then this is for you.

4.5 stars overall.


The first time I meet Madison Shore, I’m greeted by her knickers. She’s upside down and trying to untangle herself from my chair at a wedding.

I get to see a whole lot more of her later that night.

The second time I meet Madison Shore is in my London office. Turns out she’s a journalist writing an article about me.

To keep control of my company, I need to convince people I’m more serious about business than my playboy reputation suggests. Madison holds my future in her hands.

Now I just need to convince the woman I took to bed on Saturday night that I’m not the player everyone thinks I am.

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New Adult, New Releases, Release Day/New Release, Year in Releases - 2021, Year of Reviews - 2020

New Release – Charming and the Cherry Blossom by LJ Evans

From award-winning author, LJ Evans, comes a contemporary romance filled with all the magic, hope, and love of a fairy tale plus the small-town, old-soul vibe her fans adore!

Today was a fairy tale…

Today was a fairy tale…
I inherited a fortune from a dad I never knew,
And a thoroughly charming guy asked me out.

Unfortunately, my fairy tale could disappear in ninety days…
Because there’s an impossible task to complete,
And a greedy cousin plotting against me.
Plus, I’m not your typical fairy tale princess.
I have a secret that might send my charming running,
And threatens my future if the press finds out.
If today was a fairy tale…
Why does my happily ever after look so far out of reach?

Inspired by Taylor Swift’s “Today Was a Fairytale,” this slow-burn romance is pure escapism.

A full-length, standalone adult romance.

Download today or read for FREE with Kindle Unlimited!


Meet LJ Evans

Award winning author, LJ Evans, lives in the California Central Valley with her husband, daughter, and the terrors called cats. She’s been writing, almost as a compulsion, since she was a little girl and will often pull the car over to write when a song lyric strikes her. A former first-grade teacher, she now spends her free time reading and writing, as well as binge-watching original shows like The Crown, A Discovery of Witches, Veronica Mars, and Stranger Things.

If you ask her the one thing she won’t do, it’s pretty much anything that involves dirt–sports, gardening, or otherwise. But she loves to write about all of those things, and her first published heroine was pretty much involved with dirt on a daily basis, which is exactly why LJ loves fiction novels–the characters can be everything you’re not and still make their way into your heart.

Her debut novel, MY LIFE AS A COUNTRY ALBUM, was the Independent Author Network’s 2017 YA Book of the Year.
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