Friday, August 9, 2019

When We Began - Judy Corry

Synopsis: Cassie's staying at her best friend's house for the week and plotting who should be her summer boyfriend. Liam's had a longtime crush on his sister's best friend and he has no intention of letting her entertain thoughts of other boys this summer. Considering he's likely at the bottom of her list of eligible guys, he's got his work cut out for him. But, he's got a few tricks up his sleeve and he's not afraid to use them.

Review: Though it's meant to be a prequel, it's a legit start to this cute YA series. Cassie and Liam have good chemistry. It's fun to watch them dance around their feelings for each other. Liam is a good guy that has a lot of ground to make up after years of tormenting Cassie. He's the perfect guy to help her see her worth. Cassie's got some things to learn about herself and it's good to see her become confident and empowered as she also finds her HEA. A good clean read.

Amazon $.99

My Not So Wicked Boss - Jennifer Peel

Synopsis: When single-mom Aspen is passed over for a promotion, she's willing to entertain other options. Nannying an adorable little brit may not be what she was trained for, but when he comes with her favorite handsome best-selling author uncle, who's she to argue? Miles is sure he needs a nanny for his orphaned nephew, he's not so sure he needs a relationship. It seems, he's about to get both when he offers Aspen a nannying job and a home for her and her daughter. 

Review: The title is a definitely a misnomer. There's nothing wicked about Miles. He's an awesome guy who just doesn't think he's got it in him to commit to a woman. Aspen's got her own issues, but, really, they're destined for each other. They're well matched, have palpable chemistry, are rational and able to think through their hangups and figure it out. Little Henry and Chloe are excellent sidekicks for this power couple. Friends who feature in previous books round out the cast of characters and make for a great read. There's some mild cussing and inuendo but it's overall a pretty clean read.

Amazon $3.99

Thursday, August 8, 2019

The Sweetest Thing - Bria Quinlan

Synopsis: Lyra is less than impressed when her little town makes popular Spence's blog's Top Ten Tacky Tiny Town's list for the fourth year in a row. She knows there's no way he's even been there or he'd know better. But when she calls him out on it, his rabid followers attack her bakery and livelihood, it starts to get personal. Spence's blog may be popular, but his finances aren't stellar. When he gets threatened with Lyra's lawsuit, he sees little hope except to go to her town and try to make things right so she'll call it off. He's not expecting to find a cute little baker with a handful of awesome friends and one of the quaintest towns imaginable. Lyra may be ready for a fight, but it might not be the one she was expecting when her heart skips a beat or two everytime Spence walks in the door.

Review: Bria Quinlan is always so fun to read. Her heroines are quirky, and fallible, and so very likeable. Her heroes manage to make you sigh almost as soon as you meet them. It's never a stretch to imagine why they fall for each other. The chemistry is real and wonderful. The situations fun and ridiculous and delightful. Lyra has great girl friends who push her to go outside of her comfort zone while her guy friends have her back. They're an awesome bunch and you're just really glad you got to meet them. Clean but not entirely chaste.

Amazon $2.99

Forever Yours - Judy Corry

Synopsis: Jace has recently moved back to Ridgewater with his family (you'll remember his twin Logan from book 5). His longtime crush Alyssa is still around but now dating his best friend. Not one to interfere, he's resigned to just being friends with her. When a bet with her boyfriend gives him license to try to win her over, he's happy to find she's not at all averse to exploring a relationship with him. Until, of course, the boyfriend decides he's not into losing a bet or a girlfriend.

Review: Though a YA series, these have not always been light fluffy reads. One could easily believe this group of friends were young adults tackling college rather than high school. Alyssa and Jace deal with some heavy loyalty and trust issues as they work out their story. Jace, like his brother, is an exceptional hero for a teen guy. Alyssa's torn about how to think and act when faced with some tricky situations. Given that they're teens, I'd love to see them interact with their parents for advice a little, but their friends are pretty rational, thoughtful confidants. This book includes a full cast of characters from previous ones, which is kind of fun. While not essential to the plot, reading book 5 just before this one, wouldn't be a bad idea. They play out in real time with each other so you get an interesting third perspective that would be all the more enjoyable with Logan and Raven's story fresh in your mind. Some heavy kissing but otherwise a clean, chaste read.

Amazon $2.99

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Friday, August 2, 2019

Gorgeous and the Geek - Rachel John

Synopsis: Willa is launching a new reality show and she's required to fake an off-camera romance with one of the judges of the show. She's fine with that as long as she can pick him. It's a pretty safe bet to choose her co-star from her current show. Doug is steady and a good friend and will agree to the scheme. He's not sure this is the best idea but is so taken with Willa that he'd be crazy not to take the opportunity to spend more time with her even if he knows it isn't going anywhere. Only it does. It follows them all over the country as the show takes them on the road and gives them way more time together than either of them is ready for.

Review: Doug is awesome. He's just so grounded and honest with himself. He knows he's getting in over his head, but he still takes the bait. Willa is a good, strong heroine and you can easily see why Doug is mesmerized by her. They have good chemistry and their story is natural and satisfying. It's a great addition to the series. A quick, clean, fun read.

Amazon $.99

I was given an ARC

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Now Then and Always - Melissa Tagg

Synopsis: When the owner of the Bed and Breakfast Mara's been living, doesn't return from vacation, Mara starts to worry. Finding a foreclosure notice doesn't help the situation. With help from the town, she secures financing to secure the mortgage and start renovating the old home. When Marshall shows up one stormy night, she's not sure what to think. They're two people with a whole of lot secrets, a mystery to solve, and a house to renovate. Falling for each other is not on their lists.

Review: Part mystery, part romance, this off-shoot of the Walker Family series, is a good start to Tagg's newest series. Mara and Marshall are nice people who have a lot of healing to do. It's satisfying to see them working together to get themselves in a good place. The romance is sweet and the chemistry just right. The mystery has enough twists and turns to keep things interesting. A cast of new friends and ties to Maple Valley (from the Walker Family series) promise a great series to follow. Nice clean read. Strong faith elements.

Amazon $4.99

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

The Vexatious Widow - Michelle Pennington

Synospsis: Joanna Thorne is happily widowed and has no future plans to change her situation. She has a comfortable fortune and takes no pleasure in fending off fortune hunters. And so she finds herself looking forward to enjoying her eccentric friend's house party in her old neighbourhood. Lord Tyndale is a confirmed batchelor and determined to keep his niece from being wooed by a ne'er-do-well with an eye on her inheritance. And he finds himself at the same house party playing watchdog. When Mrs. Thorne discovers his plight, she is more than happy to lend her expertise in the matter. She,of course, has no intentions of falling for him and he, of course, has no plans to fall for her. It's the perfect arrangement. So they think.

Review: Joanna, despite her unfortunate marriage, has managed to come out on the right side of things and is an optimistic, confident heroine. Lord Tyndale is a worthy hero with a confident, strong exterior and a soft middle nobody knew existed. They have good chemistry and it's enjoyable to be party to their conversation. Despite his misgivings, he's smart enough to pursue his feelings and she's just weak enough to consider hers. Regencies are a tricky genre given the high bar set by Heyer, but Pennington does a nice job of it in her own way. A good clean read.

Amazon $2.99

Before We Say Goodbye - Michelle Pennington

Synopsis: Katie's just graduated high school and never been kissed and her best friend is determined to remedy that situation. But Katies's had a secret crush on her Sadie's older brother forever. As luck would have it, Sadie has no patience for the girls her brother dates. But that doesn't mean Tate hasn't noticed Katie's not the girl she used to be. Despite his sister's misgivings, he might just be the guy to help Katie out afterall.

Review: A really cute YA romance. Katie is so cute and Tate is such a dream. It's fun to watch them navigate around their families and friends while they sort out their relationship. Tate's confidence is swoon worthy. Love Katie's open relationship with her mother. A good clean read.

Amazon Promo $.99

Friday, June 21, 2019

27 Ways to Find a Boyfriend - Shari L. Tapscott

Synopsis: Addison has had a crush her best friend's older brother for years. Carter works for Addison's dad and knows the number one rule is that she's completely off limits. When Jessa gives Addison a list of things to try to revive her dismal dating life, she may or may not have had a plan to finally get her brother to kick into gear.

Review: Addison's list is silly and she knows it. But her willingness to go out on a limb is a testament to her determination to get someone's attention. Carter's determination to have her get his, makes their story a delight. They're awesome at dancing around each other and avoiding her father's wrath. It's super fun to journey to their HEA with them. Friends, family, and co-workers round out the cast to make this a really fun story. As expected, Tapscott has come up with another fabulous read. Nice and clean.

Amazon $2.99

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Chemistry of a Kiss - Kimberly Krey

Synopsis: Harper's had a crush on Jett since kindergarten when she tackled him and kissed him. She hasn't lived it down since. Getting paired up with him to do a project on kissing isn't helping her any either. Jett thinks it's all sort of cute and is happy to get her help to make each of their recent exe's just a little jealous.

Review: Maybe my favorite in this series so far. Jett is just such a cute guy and his confidence and regard for Harper are just a little swoony. Harper's crazy teen angst is equally endearing as she figures out her feelings for Jett. They make an adorable couple. A nice clean YA read without some of the concerns some of the earlier books in the series featured.

Amazon $2.99

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

More Than Words Can Say - Karen Witemeyer

Synopsis: Zach's enjoying the freedom he's finally gotten now that his younger siblings are married and has no intention of saddling himself with a wife and family anytime soon. Abigail didn't have any intentions of getting saddled with a husband either. But when the town council forces her hand and gives her little choice but to convince someone to marry her so she can keep her bakery, she's prepared to do what needs to be done. A marriage contract is exactly the thing to protect both she and her future husband from any more commitment than is absolutely necessary. 

Review: Who wouldn't fall for the woman who makes your sticky buns every morning? It's a wonder Zach wasn't already begging Abigail to marry him! Such a cute couple. Karen Witemeyer has created a really fun series and this installment is a fabulous addition. Zach was a fabulous brother and he's turned out to be an even better husband. Can't even imagine what a great father he'll be! Abigail and Zach really do make a solid couple and it's really sweet to watch them work together to figure out the challenges they face and to see them realize how perfect they are together. Fun to see Zach's siblings and to see they're doing well. An all around great clean read.

Amazon: Pre-order $8.66
Reg. $15.99

I was given an ARC

A Kiss at Midsummer - Meg Easton

Synopsis: Merit is a workaholic with a business partner who's a little too concerned about his welfare for Merit's liking. Pressured into a month-long vacation to get his priorities straight, he's headed to the Royal Palm to do his time so he can get back to work. Elise is the activities director and thrilled at the bonus she's determined to earn if she can get Merit to date enough while under her watch. She's looking forward to buying back her childhood home and finding some balance in her own life.

Review: A nice addition to the Royal Palm series. Both Merit and Elise are great people who get along well and don't thrive on personal drama. It's fun to watch them get to know and fall for each other. They do a good job of working out their challenges and finding their HEA. The Royal Palm is turning out to be a super fun place. One can't but look forward to reading more about the other charters we meet along the way. A good clean light romance.

Amazon: $.99

I was given an ARC

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Summer by the Tides - Denise Hunter

Synopsis: Maddy and her older sisters rush to their grandmother's beachfront cottage after her neighbor calls to report her missing. Each has troubles of their own to add to the distressing situation. Connor's concern for his neighbor turns into a struggle to finally move on after his wife's death and admit his attraction to the girl next door. With lots of decades old baggage, and a closet full of family secrets, the sisters spend their days cleaning out the cottage and healing old wounds.

Review: I don't think Denise Hunter is capable of writing a bad book. That said, it seems she's taken it as a personal challenge to pile on as much strife and turmoil as one could imagine and then add a couple more doozies just for good measure. One truly has to suspend belief to accept all that happens to these poor sisters. Remarkably, they somehow manage to face them all and come out all the better in the end. Truly, the story is a good one and certainly Maddy and Connor are awesome together. Their chemistry is perfect and you just love to watch them fall in love. The faith element is much more natural in this book than some of her more recent ones. It's not doctrinally heavy or preachy but is a reflection of the characters and their own relationship with God. A good clean contemporary romance that's a great summer (or anytime) read.

Amazon Pre-Order $10.99
Reg $15.99

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Monday, May 13, 2019

Love Again at the Heart of Main Street - Meg Easton

Synopsis: Tory's getting along fairly well as a new divorcee with a gaggle of kids. Trouble comes in the form of a downed tree on top of her coffee shop. With a tight budget and a construction boom putting contractors in short supply, she's not sure how she'll get things fixed and income coming in again. Nate's construction company is booming but his love life is on hold as he recovers from his own divorce. A soft spot for the pretty Tory finds him working late nights and Saturdays to spend time with her. 

Review: This fourth installment in the Nestled Hollow series is very sweet. Two really great people finally letting down their barriers and finding companionship and love is always heart warming. Tory is a great mom who deserves better than she's gotten. Nate is a great guy who has lots to offer this would-be instant family. Previous characters in the series tie things together but the story is complete alone. Reading earlier books will make it better but isn't essential. A good clean contemporary romance.

Amazon $2.99

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To Love a Lord - Michelle Pennington

Synopsis: Patience doesn't have a fortune to permit her the luxury of being selective in her matrimonial choices. So when she gets a love note from the rake she's been crushing about, she's more than looking forward to the upcoming house party she hopes to meet him at. Meanwhile, Lord Stanton has come to appreciate the hidden gem the beautiful Miss Wendover truly is. Now that he's also managed to get invited to the house party, he needs only prove to her he's worthy of her attentions.

Review: A debut regency novel for Michelle Pennington, but we can only hope there are many more in the works. She's done a good job of preserving the regency world while keeping it lighter than a Heyer can be. We can appreciate that, while it's definitely a contemporary regency, unlike many authors, Pennington doesn't water it down by constantly explaining the ins and outs of the period. Patience is a lovely heroine who is no simpering miss and is mature enough to see the reality of her situation quickly. She makes good choices and more than deserves her HEA. Stanton is a worthy hero who keeps his head about him while falling for our Miss Wendover. The supporting characters round out the story nicely and add to the entertaining adventure. A good clean, fun regency.

Amazon $2.99

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Behind the Light of Golowduyn - Deborah M. Hathaway

Synopsis: After her uncle's accident, Abigail is charged with both caring for him and the lighthouse they live in. She's resigned to living this quiet life alone with him. Things change quickly when Captain Kendrick's ship wrecks one night. He's ready to retire, her uncle is thrilled to be reunited with the son of an old friend, and Abigail is a little enchanted with the extra help.

Review: A marriage of convenience combined with a little mystery keeps this story moving along. Set mostly at the lighthouse, there's not a lot of excitement save the antics of some ne'er-do-well. Abigail is a little difficult to love. It's easy to feel Gavin's frustration with the situation. He's extremely patient with her and is a worthy hero. Definitely a clean romance with a sweet HEA.

Amazon $.99

I received an ARC

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Flirting With the Bad Boy - Michelle Pennington

Synopsis: Amber is a school basketball star looking to earn a scholarship. She's got no time for boys and the distraction they bring. Jason is the new kid. A bad boy who comes to her rescue. He has no problem with distractions and is more than happy to try to become Amber's

Review: A good clean YA romance. While she doesn't sugar coat teen life, Pennington tones down the challenges teens face as they muddle through high school. The situations are tense but now gritty. Amber is a great heroine and Jason is a solid hero. They have a nice chemistry and are easy to like. You certainly have no reservation in cheering Jason on in his pursuit of Amber. It's great to see them get their HEA. 

Amazon $2.99

I was given an ARC

Monday, April 29, 2019

The Waves - Amy Matayo

Synopsis: Dillon's mom is desperate to see her married and is thrilled she's come on their family reuinion cruise to celebrate her grandparent's anniversary and nurse her broken heart. She's sure Dillon will find her soulmate on the ship. Dillon is not at all interested in a new relationship. Liam's brother has had a crush on Dillon for a while now so he's not acting on his own inclinations towards her. But when they find themselves on a deserted island for nearly a week, things change and that promise to respect his brother's first dibs gets a little thin. 

Review: True to form, Amy Matayo has created an awesomely ridiculous story you can't put down. I mean, nobody gets stranded on a deserted island and you KNOW everything is going to work out, but you still get sucked into every coconut cracking, fish spearing scene. Dillon and Liam are a great pair and watching them work together and figure out their feelings for each other both on and off the island is a treat. Some inuendo and, frankly, it's amazing that she manages to keep five days in swim trunks, a bikini, and little hope of rescue clean, but she does. 

Amazon $3.99

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Sweet on You - Becky Wade

Synopsis: Britt is the youngest of the Bradford sisters that this series has revolved around. She's a chocolatier focused on growing her business and staying single. Zander is her longtime friend and the man who has crushed on her for over a decade. He's become a successful author and been trying to clear his head of Britt while on a world tour. Having to return home early, after his uncle's unexpected, death doesn't help one bit. As he an Britt unearth family secrets, they discover some of their own.

Review: We've seen peeks of Zander in previous stories and the good news, is that the wait was worth it. He's even better than any of us could have imagined. Lucky Britt! More unsolved mystery detective novel than romance, it's still lots of fun to follow Zander and Britt around the region disecting his uncle's mysterious past. While there's not a lot of courting, this final installment in the Bradford sisters series is really satisfying. Britt is a lovely young woman who's trying hard to find her place both in business and in her family. Zander is a steady, strong, and loyal hero. The Bradford's are a fabulous family and it's been nice to get to know them a little better with each story. Becky Wade has a great talent to create endearing characters and tales that you can't help but fall in love with. Some faith based content but not heavy or preachy. A fun clean read.

Amazon pre-sale $9.99

I was given an ARC.

Emma the Matchmaker - Rachel John

Synopsis: An Austen retelling with a modern twist. Emma is a fashion consultant looking after her grandfather and busy finding love for his new nurse. George is her brother-in-law and finding himself falling for Emma.

Review: Not usually an Austen redo fan, but this is a cute retelling that stays close enough to hint at the original but new enough to keep you wondering how Rachel John is going to get around to finding a HEA for our hero and heroine. It's a quick read and fun too. Emma's not a rich witless fashionista but a concerned grandaughter with her own fledgling business. George is a medical assistant with genuine concern for people around him rather than a rich aloof business mogul. They're refreshingly regular people with a realistic friendship that finds itself becoming more. A fun summer read.

Amazon $.99

I was given an ARC.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Because You Loved Me - Delaney Cameron

Synopsis: Bridgette's parents have died recently and left a mess behind. Her much younger siblings are entrusted to her father's protegee. Suddenly alone and without an allowance or a hefty inheritance to prop up her lifestyle, she starts to push her plans to marry her secret fiance. Graham is happy to become a guardian to his mentor's children. But he'd prefer to take care of Bridgette too. He's had a crush on her since her first day of work in the family business. He's not particularly thrilled to learn she's engaged but he's a patient man.

Review: One thing you can bank on with Delaney's books, is that there's no drive-by drama. Her romances are steady and methodical, culminating in sigh worthy HEA's. Graham is such a steady, good guy, that you fall for him immediately. Bridgette is a fabulous heroine with her troubles and determination to overcome the world. Even though you know she's going to inevitably figure things out, you stay up way too late hoping it'll be in just the next chapter. A really endearing couple with a heartwarming story that gets you looking forward to what promises to be a great new series. A sweet clean romance.

Amazon $.99

Friday, April 12, 2019

Catching Waves - Kimberly Krey

Synopsis: Carly's looking forward to her summer stint as a surf instructor for kids at an exclusive resort. Problem is, Gage needs to learn to surf to prepare for a role in his upcoming movie and only wants a woman instructor. Carly reluctantly agrees to keep her boss happy. Gage only took the role to appease his movie star father but now that he's met Carly, he's not so sure it was the worst thing he could have done.

Review: Good summer read. Completely predictable with doses of angst and misunderstanding and you've got a easy light read to enjoy on a warm lazy day. Carly and Gage are a cute couple. I might have liked a better flow to the ending. The leap to the last couple of chapters was a little abrupt but seeing them get their HEA was sweet.

Amazon sale $.99

Monday, April 8, 2019

Kissing the Boy Next Door - Judy Corry

Synopsis: After a long family feud, best friends Wes and Lauren have renewed their friendship. Only, things get a little complicated when they find they don't want to be just friends this time around. Their warring parents and family secrets only add to their troubles.

Review: Judy Corry is a solid writer. The writing here is good and what you'd expect from her. The romance between Wes and Lauren is sweet and you really grow to like them both. The problem I have with this YA story is that it's a huge can of worms that involves a whole lot of sneaking around and lying to parents. Add to that the lack of solid consequences for their deceptions and you've got a recipe for trouble. While the book is clean, there is some questionable behavior and some somewhat mature subject matter so I'm reticent to call it chaste. Conservative parents are going to have a big problem with calling this a YA romance even though it revolves around teens. It's a good story and worth reading but consider screening if you're concerned about content for your YA.

Amazon $2.99

I received an ARC

Please Excuse My Absence

I haven't posted many reviews or shared many great deals or new release announcements over the last couple of months. I apologize for that. I've been called to care for my sweet mother in law as she battles cancer. I am, consequently, a little distracted. However, I am finding minutes here and there to read and will do my best to share my thoughts on some of the better clean romance I find along the way. Thank you for your patience.

My best to you and yours

Debbie Jo

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Saved by the Movie Star - Michelle Pennington

Synopsis: Despite the fact that nothing is going on between them, Veronica is being accused of stealing Chris away from Kim and breaking up Hollywood's power pair. Now she's stuck with him as her co-star in her next movie. It also happens to be her dream role so she's not about to give it up just to avoid him. Chris is glad to be rid of Kim and isn't at all sorry to be starring in Veronica's next movie. If he can just get her to stop seeing him as the bad guy...

Review: A fun light read. Good cast of characters to add some dimension to the story. A touch of mystery and intrigue to keep things interesting. Chris and Veronica are a good couple. Definitely some good chemistry. He's persistent but patient. She does a good job of trying to keep her wits about her despite his efforts. Nice clean read. 

Amazon $.99

I received an ARC

Monday, February 4, 2019

Wedding Belles - Anthology

Synopsis: A series of novellas with interconnecting plot points and characters. Each is a stand alone but each builds on events in the previous story. Beginning with the event planner for an upcoming wedding, then the musician, followed by the maid of honor, and ending up with the photographer.

Review: Probably one of the best anthologies I've come across in a long time. Each story is written by a capable author and each holds its own. Often, anthologies include stories that aren't all up to snuff and occassionally just one saves the rest. Not the case here. Each couple is as well developed and engaging as the next. They've done an excellent job of interweaving details but keeping them independent and satsifying in and of themselves. There's always a love hate with a novella you end up liking. You wanted a quick read but then you fall in love with the couple and you want to know more. Not so much with this collection. The authors have all done an exceptional job of giving you a complete and endearing story. In fact, each of their couples is so much fun to follow that you can only hope they create a few spin-off stories with other characters from their stories. You can tell it's a great anthology when you have a hard time deciding which couple is your favorite. And, in this case, it may prove difficult to actually pick one.

Amazon: $3.99

Healing Hearts - Sarah Eden

Synopsis: Miriam is running away from the asylum she's been committed to by her family. Landing a nursing job in a remote Wyoming town is exactly what she needs to start her new life. She doesn't, however, need an arranged marriage. Gideon is the region's only doctor and is desperately in need of some help. Getting a wife who's a nurse will solve all of his problems - until his mailorder bride arrives and realizes the company who sent her wasn't exactly upfront about all of the details. The town loves Gideon and can't for the life of them understand why she wouldn't want to marry him on the spot. When catastrophe strikes the town, and Miriam jumps in to help, they soon warm to her and are ready to help her when her own crisis hits.

Review: A sweet and honest romance. Not a lot of courting but definitely a lovely chemistry that brings this endearing couple together. There's plenty of drama to keep things interesting. The cast of characters is fairly extreme and sterotypical, but they add to the charm of the story. While it does get tense, it is a fairly light, fun read. The banter between Gideon and Miriam is fun and you can't help but want them to get their HEA. A delightful addition to the Proper Romance series.

Amazon Pre-order $8.89

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Saturday, January 26, 2019

Finding Jack - Melanie Jacobson

Synopsis: Emily's just gotten a promotion, is dating a great guy, and things are humming along nicely. That is, until her roomate puts her in Jack's crosshairs and she becomes the target of his photoshopping wizardry. Suddenly she's not so happy with her situation. They strike up a remote friendship and suddenly everything in Emily's life doesn't seem all that fantastic afterall.

Review: There's a reason why Melanie's books are on the automatic buy list. They're fabulous. The chemistry between her heroes and their heroines is always spot on. Like previous books (the List, Always Will, for example), Emily and Jack spend a good part of their relationship messaging each other. Melanie has this mastered and their banter back and forth is so much fun to read. The challenges the couple face are real but not impossible. There's no contrived miscommunication or angst. Just two great people trying to figure out how to make things work. The tight cast of characters are equally endearing and the bonus relationship is fantastic. Unlike most of her previous books, this one does not involve Latter-Day Saint themes or characters.

Amazon $2.99