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Book Review: ‘Haunted Souls’ by Kathryn Knight

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Thank you @kathrynknightbooks for my gifted copy of ‘Haunted Souls‘ by Kathryn Knight! (pub 6/1/16).

Four years ago, Emily Shea & Staff Sergeant Brett Leeds agreed to part with no strings attached. Sparks flew during their brief affair, but fate intervened, sending Brett overseas. When an unexpected pregnancy derailed Emily’s own plans, her attempts to locate Brett were soon overwhelmed by the challenges of single motherhood. Now, Brett has returned home, & Emily is forced to share her secret.

Despite feeling betrayed, Brett is determined to forge a relationship with their son, Tyler. As the former lovers battle both their inner demons & their mutual desire, another presence enters their lives—Tyler’s imaginary friend. Soon, however, the chilling evidence points to a different conclusion: a ghost has formed a dangerous connection with their son. Emily’s attempts to help both a lost soul & a friend in need spiral toward a deadly confrontation, & Brett must race to save Emily before he loses her again—forever.

This is my first book by Kathryn Knight who also wrote ‘Dangerous Currents‘ (’18), ‘The Haunting of Hillwood Farm‘ (’18), ‘Ghost Moon‘ (’20) & other paranormal/suspense/contemporary romance novels, all of which have fantastic reviews on Goodreads & Amazon.

Knight has a real gift for storytelling & holding the readers attention with her strong & realistic characterization, intricately woven paranormal/romance storylines, & suspense building that keeps the reader captivated & not wanting to put the book down.

Haunted Souls‘ is an edgy, well-written, mystical, spine-tingling (& even a little steamy) story about reigniting lost love, dealing with military PTSD,  finding out you have a child, forgiveness, & adds the paranormal flare of a child’s ‘imaginary friend’ turning out to not be so imaginary afterall.

I really enjoyed ‘Haunted Souls‘ & I will be reading more of Kathryn Knight’s books in the near future, maybe around Halloween…wouldn’t that be perfect? A spooky, romance, mystery in one hand, a cup of hot tea in the other, a cozy blanket, & the fall leaves blowing outside…sounds good to me!

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USA TODAY Bestselling Author Kathryn Knight writes books filled with steamy romance, dangerous secrets, & haunting mysteries. Her novels are award-winning #1 Amazon & B&N Bestsellers & RomCon Reader-Rated picks. When she’s not reading or writing, Kathryn spends her time exploring abandoned places & searching for ghosts. She lives on beautiful Cape Cod with her husband, their two sons, & a number of rescued pets. Please visit her at Kathryn Knight books on Facebook, @k_knightbooks on Twitter, or email her at Kathrynknightbooks (at) comcast.net.

Titles by Kathryn Knight:
Silver Lake (a #1 Amazon Bestseller, RomCon 2013 Reader’s Crown Finalist, electronic rights acquired by Amazon Encore in 2015)
Gull Harbor (a #1 Amazon Bestseller, A #1 Barnes & Noble Bestseller, Top 10 Reviewer Pick at MyShelf Reviews, RomCon 2014 Reader’s Crown Finalist, Best Kindle Romance Book 2014 Semi-Finalist)  Now an audio book!
Divine Fall (Best YA Romance 2015 at The Romance Reviews, RomCon 2015 Reader’s Crown Finalist, Best Kindle YA Book 2015 Semi-Finalist, Reviewer Nominee for the BTS Reviews 2016 Red Carpet Award) 
Haunted Souls (A Top 3 Read of 2016 at Read Free.ly)  Now available in Audio!
Dangerous Currents ~ New Release ~ Steamy Second-Chance Romance filled with Secrets and Suspense!
The Haunting of Hillwood Farm (Best Romantic Suspense of 2018 at N.N. Light’s Book Reviews, One of the Top 40 Paranormal Romance Books at Reedsy Discovery) Coming soon to audio!

BeachReads · Book Reviews · Romance · RomCom

Book Review: ‘RomeAntically Challenged’ by Marina Adair (pub 7/28

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Growing up the lone Asian in a community of WASPs, Annie has always felt out of place. Her solution? Start a family of her own. Not easy when every man she’s dated, including her ex-fiancé, finds “his person” right after breaking up with Annie. Even worse than canceling the wedding eight weeks beforehand? Learning the “other woman” plans to walk down the aisle wearing her wedding gown.

New plan—find a fresh, man-free start. Too bad her exit strategy unexpectedly lands her working at a hospital in Rome, Rhode Island, rather than Rome, Italy, & sharing a cabin with a big, brooding, & annoyingly hot male roommate.

Home on medical leave after covering a literally explosive story in China, investigative photojournalist Emmitt embarks on his most important assignment—cementing his place in his daughter’s life. Three men & a baby might work in the movies, but with a stepdad & devoted uncle competing for Paisley’s attention, Emmitt has lost his place at the family table. Then there’s the adorably sexy squatter in his cabin, who poses another problem, one he’d very much like to solve up close & personal. But he can’t win—Annie has sworn off men, Paisley’s gone boy crazy, & Emmitt’s estranged father reappears with a secret that changes everything.

Annie & Emmitt are about to discover love comes in many forms, & sometimes the best families are the ones we make.

I really loved this book! It’s the perfect staycation, escape from CoVid chaos, sit by the pool with a iced bevie read! (That’s how I enjoyed reading it anyhow…) ‘RomeAntically Challenged‘ is a nicely layered story with humor, emotion, drama & romance, & even better, book 2 in this ‘When in Rome’ series, ‘Hopeless Romantic‘, comes out in Jan 2021! 6 short months! (unless CoVid has other plans for that release date like so many others…Let’s hope not! I’m anxious to read the next installment!)

RomeAntically Challenged‘ by Marina Adair is charming, uplifting, endearing & swoon-worthy with loveable characters you will enjoy getting to know. Look for this book this Tues, 7/28 at your local indie bookstore.

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‘Hopeless Romantic’ (When In Rome #2) (pub 1/26/21)
Set against the breezy backdrop of coastal Rhode Island, the latest novel from bestselling author Marina Adair asks whether two of a small town’s biggest hearts can learn to put themselves first–in the name of love…
As caregiver for her autistic brother, Beckett Hayes knows how meaningful a little extra help can be when life happens. Which is why she runs Consider It Done, a personal concierge service in her small town. Her job also gives her the flexibility to follow her passion, being Rome, Rhode Island’s unofficial special needs advocate, training emotional support companions in her spare time. There’s not much of that, though, and certainly not enough for serious dating. It’s always been family first for Beck. But one unquestionably gorgeous, good-natured man is suddenly a temptation that’s getting tougher to resist…

Sixteen years ago, Levi Rhodes was ready to sail off into the sunset–literally. But then his father’s death and his sister’s unexpected pregnancy postponed his sailing scholarship and the adventures he had planned. Running the family marina and bar was the least he could do for his grieving mother. Plus, his niece needed a father-figure. But now that she’s in high school and has her bio-dad in her life, Levi’s wondering if it’s time to get his sea legs under him again…until curvy, caring Beck showed up in his bar, and then in his dreams…

Marina Adair is a #1 nationally bestselling author whose fun, flirty contemporary romances have sold over a million copies. In addition to the When in Rome series, she is the author of the Destiny Bay series, the Heroes of St. Helena series, the Sugar, Georgia series, & the St. Helena Vineyard series, which was the inspiration behind the original Hallmark Channel Vineyard movies: Autumn in the Vineyard, Summer in the Vineyard, & Valentines in the Vineyard. Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, she holds a MFA from San Jose University & currently lives in Northern California with her husband, daughter, & two neurotic cats. Please visit her online at MarinaAdair.com & sign up for her newsletter at http://www.MarinaAdair.com/newsletter.

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Book Review: “Hadley Beckett’s Next Dish” by Bethany Turner

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Thank you @revellbooks for my gifted copy of “Hadley Beckett’s Next Dish” by Bethany Turner! (pub date 5/5)

Celebrity chef Maxwell Cavanaugh is known for many things: his multiple Michelin stars, his top-rated Culinary Channel show To the Max, & most of all his horrible temper. Hadley Beckett, host of the Culinary Channel’s other top-rated show, At Home with Hadley, is beloved for her Southern charm & for making her viewers feel like family.

When Max experiences a very public temper tantrum, he’s sent packing to get his life in order. When he returns, career in shambles, his only chance to get back on TV & in the public’s good graces is to work alongside Hadley.

As these polar-opposite celeb chefs begin to peel away the layers of public persona & reputation, they will not only discover the key ingredients for getting along, but also learn the secret recipe for unexpected forgiveness . . . & maybe even love. In the meantime, hide the knives.

Fan-favorite Bethany Turner serves up a heaping helping of humor & romance with this thoroughly modern story centered on cooking, enemies, & second chances.

*****Could I picture this as a Hallmark Channel movie of the week? Absolutely! It’s an utterly delightful book that foodies & fans of rom-com’s, romance & cooking shows will absolutely swoon for! Turner will make you laugh out while also charming the sin right out of you! Hadley is such a well-written character that you will just adore: smart, caring, a dash of sass, a little bit sugar & spice, while Maxwell is the salty & bitter one…but of course, that is subject to change in rom-com’s.

Hadley Beckett’s Next Dish” is a satisfyingly, scrumptious treat you will surely love! I definitely plan to read more of Bethany Turner’s books in the near future!

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Bethany Turner is the award-winning author of “Wooing Cadie McCaffrey” & “The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck,” which was a finalist for The Christy Award. When she’s not writing (and even when she is), she serves as the director of administration for Rock Springs Church in Southwest Colorado. She lives with her husband and their two sons in Colorado, where she writes for a new generation of readers who crave fiction that tackles the thorny issues of life with humor and insight. For more, visit www.seebethanywrite.com.

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“The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck” (pub 10/17): Becoming a Christian is the best and worst thing that has ever happened to Sarah Hollenbeck. Best because, well, that’s obvious. Worst because, up to this point, she’s made her very comfortable living as a well-known, bestselling author of steamy romance novels that would leave the members of her new church blushing. Now Sarah is trying to reconcile her past with the future she’s chosen. She’s still under contract with her publisher and on the hook with her enormous fan base for the kind of book she’s not sure she can write anymore. She’s beginning to think that the church might frown on her tithing on royalties from a “scandalous” book. And the fact that she’s falling in love with her pastor doesn’t make things any easier.

With a powerful voice, penetrating insight, and plenty of wit, Bethany Turner explodes onto the scene with a debut that isn’t afraid to deal with the thorny realities of living the Christian life. 

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Wooing Cadie McCaffrey” (pub 5/19): After four years with her boyfriend, Cadie McCaffrey is thinking of ending things. Convinced Will doesn’t love her in the “forever” way she loves him, Cadie believes it’s time for her to let him go before life passes her by. When a misunderstanding leads to a mistake, leaving her hurt, disappointed, and full of regret, she finally sends him packing. But for Will, the end of their relationship is only the beginning of his quest to figure out how to be the man Cadie wanted him to be. With the dubious guidance of his former pro-athlete work friends and tactics drawn from Cadie’s favorite romantic comedies, Will attempts to win her back. It’s a foolproof plan. What could possibly go wrong?

Bethany Turner is back with more of the heart and humor readers love. Anyone who enjoys a good romance or binges romantic comedies on Netflix will devour this delightful story.

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Blog Tour and Book Review: The Ingredients of You and Me by Nina Bocci

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Thank you @gallerybooks @ninapolitan & @tlcbooktours for my gifted copy of ‘The Ingredients of You & Me‘ by Nina Bocci!

From the USA TODAY bestselling author of the “heartwarming and refreshingly sweet” (Lauren Layne, New York Times bestselling author) ‘On the Corner of Love & Hate’ comes a story about a baker who takes her chances on a new town…& an old love.

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After selling her famous bakery back in New York, Parker Adams visits Hope Lake, Pennsylvania, to figure out her next steps. And soon she’s wondering why she ever loved city life in the first place. Between the Golden Girls—the senior women who hold court—& Nick Arthur, her equally infuriating & charming former flame, Parker finds a community eager to help her get her mojo back.

But even though Hope Lake gives her the fresh start she’s been looking for, Parker discovers that it’s not so easy to start over again with Nick. Their chemistry is undeniable, but since Nick is a freshly taken man, Parker is determined to keep things platonic. With a recipe for disaster looming, Parker must cook up a new scheme, figuring out how to keep everything she’s come to love before she loses it all.

Perfect for fans of Amy E. Reichert & Jenny Colgan, ‘The Ingredients of You and Me‘ is a scrumptious romantic comedy that lets you have your cake & eat it too.

Just like the blurb on the cover says, this book is “like a Hallmark movie on paper!” And let me just say, I am a complete sucker for all the heart-warming, whimsical, sappy & predictable Hallmark movies! Especially on weekend afternoons while baking in the kitchen! I could totally picture this book in my head as a made-for-tv movie & that made the reading experience even better for me & more engaging! I loved it!

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The Ingredients of You & Me‘ is the third book in the ‘Hopeless Romantic’ series by Nina Bocci, but can be read as a stand-alone. The first book is ‘On the Corner of Love & Hate‘ & the second book is ‘Meet Me On Love Lane‘. I’m going to go back & read both of those now, too! (Click on the highlighted titles to read more about them & add them to your Goodreads list!)

This book has a strong female lead (which I love) & takes place in a small town (which I also love, because it seems like EVERYTHING always takes place in NYC, including a bit of this book, & even though I like NYC, I am totally a small town gal in real life & at heart!) ‘The Ingredients of You & Me’ is a light, charming, funny, & cozy romance that is a perfect read for times like these where everything is feeling overwhelming & hopeless. This book will warm your heart right up!

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Praise for The Ingredients of You and Me

“With all the makings of a Hallmark movie, this story will delight small-town romance readers.”, Booklist

“Satisfying… the true charm of this story is the path Parker takes to rediscovering her passion for baking with help from a cast of supporting characters that will make readers want to reach for the first two books in the series and look forward to future installments.”, Library Journal

“Parker’s journey through a transitional period is interesting, and her close relationships with her girlfriends add humor.”, Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Meet Me on Love Lane

“A sweet exploration of what it means to come home again… With a relatable heroine, witty dialogue, and an idyllic setting, Meet Me On Love Lane is a contemporary romance that is essentially a Hallmark movie on paper. While it’s perfect as a standalone, readers will enjoy visiting Hope Lake time and time again.”, Booklist

“In the feel-good second installment of Bocci’s Hopeless Romantics series… the idyllic setting is vividly rendered and Charlotte’s personal growth as she builds a home for herself is handled with compassion. Readers will enjoy this sweet, fluffy tale that sits squarely at the intersection of romance and women’s fiction.”, Publishers Weekly

“Filled with small-town charm and a sweet cast of characters.”, Woman’s World (Best of Week Book Club pick)

“A feel-good romance that will add a spring to your step and light a fire in your heart, Meet Me on Love Lane was a heartfelt follow up from one of my new favorite authors, Nina Bocci.”, Harlequin Junkie (4 1/2 stars)

“With the sweetest cast of characters and a rich history to fall madly in love with, I dare you to resist the allure of Hope Lake. Especially with charmers like Cooper, Nick, and Henry strutting their stuff all over town. Meet Me On Love Lane is the perfect follow up to On the Corner of Love and Hate, with all the same sweetness and tear-jerking true love you can expect from Nina Bocci.”, Hypable

Praise for On the Corner of Love and Hate

“Romance at its finest with a colorful cast of characters and a couple to root for.” — New York Times bestselling author Sylvain Reynard

“I flew through On the Corner of Love and Hate. Written with wit, quick banter, and heartfelt moments, I wished and rooted for Emma and Cooper’s happily-ever-after, for that opposites-attract heat to smolder and catch fire. And Nina Bocci delivered!” — Tif Marcelo, author of The Key to Happily Ever After

**************If you would like to get this & the other two books in the Hopeless Romantic series on audiobook, use the Libro.fm audiobook app & my special code MOMLOVESREADING & get all 3 for the price of 1! What a deal! (Or you can use that code & get ANY 3 books you choose!)

Thanks for visiting MomLovesReading on the blog tour for ‘The Ingredients of You & Me” by Nina Bocci! Hope you buy the book & love it as much as I did! Be sure to check out my Instagram page for this weeks giveaway! And as always: stay home, stay safe, stay sane. Now go wash your hands!

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Book Review: ‘Island Affair’ by Priscilla Oliveras

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Thank you @kensingtonbooks & @bookishfirst for my gifted copy of ‘Island Affair‘ by Priscilla Oliveras! (pub date 4/28)

Sought-after social media influencer Sara Vance, in recovery from an eating disorder, is coming into her own, with a potential career expansion on the horizon. Despite the good news, her successful siblings (and their perfect spouses) have a way of making her feel like the odd one out. So, when her unreliable boyfriend is a no-show for a Florida family vacation, Sara recruits Luis Navarro—a firefighter paramedic & dive captain willing to play the part of her smitten fiancé.

Luis’s big Cuban familia has been in Key West for generations, & his quiet strength feeds off the island’s laidback style. Though guarded after a deep betrayal, he’ll always help someone in need—especially a spunky beauty with a surprising knowledge of Spanish curse words. Soon, he & Sara have memorized their “how we met” story & are immersed in family dinners, bike tours, private snorkeling trips…sharing secrets, & slow, melting kisses. But when it’s time for Sara to return home, will their island romance last or fade with the stunning sunset?

These days there seem to be social media influencers as a main character in many books, which is always interesting to read about. Do you think years from now readers will say “What’s an influencer?” I do!

Island Affair‘ is an atmospheric, quick-read, rom-com, chic-lit at heart, but also deals with a sensitive subject: eating disorders. The book has well-developed characters & is pretty descriptive without being overly pushy with details. This is book one in Oliveras ‘Keys to Love’ series. She actually has several contemporary romance books with Latinx main characters.

Island Affair‘ is an overall fun read & as the weather is getting warmer, this would make a fantastic beach/poolside read! You can pretend YOU are reading it in the Keys as well since most of us won’t be traveling anywhere any time soon! Click HERE to look for this book & others at an independent bookstore using BookStoreLink.

QOTD: What is your most anticipated romance/rom-com new release or recently released book? Leave a comment.

And as always: stay home, stay safe, stay sane. Now go wash your hands!