Book Reviews, Contemporary Romance, Year of Reviews - 2022

Review – Fall For Me by J.H. Croix

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Fall For Me; Light My Fire #4 
(An interconnected standalone within a series)

Publication Date: February 22, 2022

Genre/Tropes: Friends-to-Lovers/Small Town/Contemporary Romance

Author: J.H. Croix

Review Rating: 4.5 Gold Stars



Fall For Me is a quick read, low angst, small town romance. It’s filled with a lot of friend and family reunions since it’s been almost twenty years since Archer’s been back home.

Archer and Phoebe were childhood friends, but he moved away back in fifth grade. However, to their friendship it’s like no time has passed at all. When Archer calls Phoebe to ask for a favor, that favor also happens to work out well for Phoebe as well.

Archer needs to get married to take over his part in the family business so asking his old friend, Phoebe, was a no brainer. The fact that she needed a plus one to her ex’s wedding was just a bonus to his plan, but when their fake relationship starts to feel not so fake, they both let their feelings fall.


A brand new firefighter series from USA Today Bestselling Author J.H. Croix!

Problem: My ex is marrying my ex-bestie.
Plan A: Burn the church down?
Plan B: Fake marry my friend.

I haven’t seen Archer since fifth grade. When he shows up in our small hometown and offers to marry me, I don’t ask many questions. I get to salvage my shredded pride and do him a favor.

I only need one thing from him—sell the deal when my ex comes back to town to marry my ex-bestie. Now I’m fake-married to a totally hot guy who needs a wife for *reasons*.

I’m way too cynical to fall for anyone, but Archer’s hard to resist. He keeps telling me we’re just faking it, but trust me when I tell you, there are some things we are not faking.

This was never supposed to be real. Until he whispers, fall for me.

Archer & Phoebe’s story is perfect for readers who love: Marriage of convenience, friends to lovers, slow burn, broody secret billionaire, small town gossip, emotional romance with a dash of angst, plenty of steam and swoon, and a hero with a protective streak a mile wide.

*A full-length, standalone romance

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Book Reviews, Contemporary Romance, Year of Reviews - 2022

Review – Up in Smoke by Kate Meader


Up in Smoke; Hot in Chicago Rookies #1 
(An interconnected standalone within a series)

Publication Date: February 22, 2022

Genre/Tropes: Hero Contemporary Romance

Author: Kate Meader

Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars



Insta-attraction, slow burn, hot chemistry romance. This is the first book I’ve read by Kate Meader and I definitely want to dive right back in to another one as soon as possible.

I loved reading about Chicago, a city near and dear to my heart, plus the whole book was page-turning from the adorable pie stealing meet-cute all the way the couples HEA.

Roman Rossi and Abby Sullivan meet on one incredible night in a corner diner. They share a piece of cherry pie and one amazing kiss, ending the night by exchanging numbers. While they might have planned to meet again, destiny had something else in mind as Abby began a new job and Roman is her commanding officer at Engine 6.

Dating Lieutenant Rossi is well out of the limitations Abby has on her dating life. She refuses to jeopardize her career by dating her superior and she also has always refused to fall in love with a firefighter. She saw what it did to her parents and she will never fall down that hole. While she may have enjoyed the time she spent with Roman on their initial meeting, she knows it can never be more, even though every time she’s near him her hormones go haywire. It’s just not worth it.

Just when Roman thought he met someone it turns out the woman he meets is off limits in every sense of the word. Abby is his candidate, she’s also the daughter of the fire commissioner. The man who could ruin his career if he really wanted to. It doesn’t lesson what he feels for the beautiful redhead, but he is a professional and he will not let his hormones dictate how he runs his life.

This book brings a lot of tension, tons of chemistry with great writing and lots of plot. I’m excited to jump back into this world and read more by Kate Meader.


Lives are on the line at Engine 6 … and so are hearts.

Running an engine crew in the Chicago Fire Department is my dream job, and between that, my awesome kid, and my nosey sister, I lead a pretty great life. Bruised and burned by my marriage, I don’t have time for dating or drama, but I always have time for pie. And when I share a slice of cherry with a sweet redhead, followed by the hottest, dirtiest, most pulse-pounding kiss of my life, I start to rethink the possibilities.

Until that same woman walks into my firehouse and upends my well-ordered world.

Abby Sullivan is now a rookie firefighter on my crew and a threat to my self-control more dangerous than a five-alarm blaze. My job is to watch her six when all I want is to watch her fall into my bed. Lust has no place in the firehouse, and a distraction like Abby with her electric blue eyes, waves of flame-red hair, and freckles I want to map with my tongue, is one I can ill afford.

Because one wrong move … and it could all go up in smoke.

Up in Smoke is the first in the brand new Hot in Chicago Rookies series about firefighters navigating the trials of new jobs and sizzling romances as they find their place in the world and the love of a lifetime.

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Cover Reveal – Empire of Hate by Rina Kent


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My boss. My enemy.

I escaped my life.
Leaving everything behind wasn’t easy, but I did it.
I turned the page and flew over the ocean.
This is my new beginning.
My new chapter.
My new book.
Or so I hoped before I met my new boss.
Daniel Sterling.
Rich as sin, illegally attractive, and the face of every magazine cover.
Oh, and the reason why I escaped in the first place.
I made his high school life hell.

He won’t stop until he gives me a taste of my own medicine.


Rina Kent is an international bestselling author of everything enemies to lovers romance.

Darkness is her playground, suspense is her best friend, and twists are her brain’s food. However, she likes to think she’s a romantic at heart in some way, so don’t kill her hopes just yet.

Her heroes are anti-heroes and villains because she was always the weirdo who fell in love with the guys no one roots for. Her books are sprinkled with a touch of mystery, a healthy dose of angst, a pinch of violence, and lots of intense passion.

Rina spends her private days in a peaceful town in North Africa daydreaming about the next plot idea or laughing like an evil mastermind when those ideas come together.

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Cover Reveal - 2022, New Releases

Cover Reveal – Always Meant to Be by Siobhan Davis

Always Meant to Be, an all-new angst-filled, taboo stand-alone romance from USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Siobhan Davis is coming February 28th and we have the gorgeous cover! 

He’s my eighteen-year-old son’s best friend, and I’m old enough to know better. 

My marriage is falling apart, and Vander’s home life is tragic. 

Yet, his broken parts speak to mine, and amid all the chaos, a true connection is formed.  

The only peace I find is in those stolen moments when we share our darkest secrets and our deepest desires. 

This thing between us has disaster written all over it. 

But I’m powerless to resist the magnetic pull that draws us closer and closer. 

Until lines are crossed, boundaries are broken, and everything I thought I knew about myself is undone. 

This reverse age-gap romance contains mature scenes, dark themes, and situations that may push your boundaries. Reader caution is advised.  

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Models: Chase Cassels and Darcie Hamilton 

Photographer: Michelle Lancaster (@lanefotograf) 

About Siobhan

Siobhan Davis is a USA Today, Wall Street Journal and Amazon Top 10 bestselling romance author. Siobhan writes emotionally intense stories with swoon-worthy romance, complex characters, and tons of unexpected plot twists and turns that will have you flipping the pages beyond bedtime! She has sold over 1.5 million books and her titles are translated into several languages. 

Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Siobhan forged a successful corporate career in human resource management. 

She lives in the Garden County of Ireland with her husband and two sons. 

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