Review: Jingle Lady by Melissa Williams

Title: Jingle Lady
Author: Melissa Williams
Series: All My Jingle Ladies #1
Publisher: Self-published by author
Publication Date: November 12, 2020
Genre: Christmas romance
Source: Received a copy in exchange for an honest review

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Rating: 4 stars

I’m a firefighter. So when I hear bells, I run into action.

But the kind of bells I hear when I first see Libby are anything but alarming. They’re angelic.

All I want to do is throw her over my shoulder and make her mine. Her Christmas spirit is endearing, her laughter addictive and there’s nothing I want more this holiday season than her. She won’t be a single jingle lady for long – not if Santa’s on my side. 

Review:

This was a cute novella to kick off the All My Jingle Ladies trilogy by Melissa Williams.

The romance was insta-love but I mean what else would you expect with a novella under 70 pages? It was ok though. I thought Libby was a little too quirky for my taste and she had a lot of Christmas puns up her sleeve. I think if it was a 300+ page contemporary romance I would have DNFed, but it was short so I stuck with it.

I loved the little hints thrown in about the other stories to come in the trilogy. Those got me really excited to read the next two! I think I’m going to adore both of those more than I liked this one. They seem like they’ll fit more under the tropes that I like.

About Melissa Williams:

Melissa Williams lives and works in Toronto, Ontario and loves to surround herself in the random and ridiculous. When not writing steamy romances, she enjoys watching bad reality T.V., drinking wine and basking in the sun. But more often than not she can be found reading in her favorite comfy chair with a coffee by her side. For the latest updates and more about Melissa, follow her on Instagram @MelissaWilliamsWrites

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Sundays In Bed With… Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris

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Welcome to the Sundays In Bed With… Meme! The meme that dares to ask what book has been in your bed this morning? Come share what book you’ve spent time curled up reading in bed, or which book you wish you had time to read today! This meme is hosted by Midnight Book Girl.

This weekend I’m reading Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris. In the spirit of Halloween I decided to pick up a psychological thriller, which is definitely one of my favourite genres. So far I’m kind of in the middle on if I like it or not, but I’m only about 15% through so we’ll see how the rest of it goes. I plan on reading plenty more today and on my day off tomorrow.

Title: Behind Closed Doors

Author: B.A. Paris

Series: Standalone

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Release Date: August 9, 2016

Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth, she has charm and elegance. You might not want to like them, but you do.

You’d like to get to know Grace better.

But it’s difficult, because you realise Jack and Grace are never apart.

Some might call this true love. Others might ask why Grace never answers the phone. Or how she can never meet for coffee, even though she doesn’t work. How she can cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim. And why there are bars on one of the bedroom windows.

Sometimes, the perfect marriage is the perfect lie.

Review: Tempting Lies by Sara Whitney

Title: Tempting Lies
Author: Sara Whitney
Series: Tempt Me #4
Publisher: LoveSpark Press
Publication Date: September 10, 2020
Genre: Contemporary romance
Source: Received a copy in exchange for an honest review

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Rating: 5 stars

He’s out to prove he can do more than swing a hammer.

After her widowed mother rushed into a regrettable second marriage, Thea Blackwell vowed never to commit to anything. Not jobs. Not hairstyles. Not men. Yet here she is dreaming about buying a house and having it renovated by the town playboy who never spared her a second glance. Too bad she lacks both the cash and the courage.

Aiden Murdoch put his wild ways behind him to help his ailing father run the family construction business, but he can’t seem to escape his scandalous reputation. Then his childhood friend Thea shows him her money pit of a fixer-upper, and he stumbles on the perfect solution: he’ll provide the labor, and she’ll make him look happily domesticated in front of his father’s nervous clients.

What should be a simple arrangement gets complicated fast when fake kisses lead to real feelings, leaving Aiden aching to prove he’s worth a lifelong commitment and Thea wondering if her pretend boyfriend can truly give up his swipe-right lifestyle. With forever on the line, will they be brave enough to tear down the lies they’ve told each other—and themselves?

Review:

The fake dating trope is by far my favourite trope of all time so when I saw this I knew I had to read it. And I’m so glad that I did. I absolutely loved it!

The reasoning behind Aiden and Thea wanting to fake date made complete sense. They both get something out of it that will truly help them in life. Thea gets her dream princess home that she’s wanted since she was a young girl and Aiden gets his clients to see him as a family man as he prepares to be given his part of the family’s consutrction company.

The romance between Thea and Aiden was too cute. It was clear from the start that they had a connecction and would make a really good couple. Let’s be honest, they put more effort into their fake relationship than I’ve seen other people put into a real relationship. Even their fake relationship was couple goals.

This was my first time reading a novel by Sara Whitney and I adored it. The writing was fantastic. There were some excellent one liners, strong side characters who helped move the plot along, and the romance was just the right amount of steamy.

While Tempting Lies can easily be read as a standalone, I’m looking forward to reading the other novels in the Tempt Me series.

About Sara Whitney:

Sara Whitney writes sassy, sexy contemporary romance novels packed with wit, heat, and heart. A 2019 Romance Writers of America Golden Heart award finalist, Sara worked as a newspaper reporter and film critic before she earned her Ph.D. and landed in academia. She’s a good pinball player, a so-so karaoke singer, and an expert TV opinion-haver.

In a funny twist of fate, Sara’s married to a divorce attorney, and she likes to think that her happily-ever-afters help keep their household in balance. She and her husband live in the Midwest surrounded by books, cats, and half-empty coffee cups.  Keep up with Sara by subscribing to her mailing list here.

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Sundays In Bed With… And I Darken by Kiersten White

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Welcome to the Sundays In Bed With… Meme! The meme that dares to ask what book has been in your bed this morning? Come share what book you’ve spent time curled up reading in bed, or which book you wish you had time to read today! This meme is hosted by Midnight Book Girl.

This weekend I’m reading And I Darken by Kiersten White. I was going through my books, trying to find what to read next and this one really captured my attention. Fantasy and political intrigue? Yes please! Sign me up. I’m not too far into it (about 50 pages or so) and so far I’m liking it a lot.

Title: And I Darken

Author: Kiersten White

Series: The Conqueror’s Saga #1

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Release Date: June 28, 2016

No one expects a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.

Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion.

But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point.

Tempting Lies by Sara Whitney – Release Day Blitz

Title: Tempting Lies
Author
: Sara Whitney
Series: Tempt Me #4
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 28, 2020

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He’s out to prove he can do more than swing a hammer.

After her widowed mother rushed into a regrettable second marriage, Thea Blackwell vowed never to commit to anything. Not jobs. Not hairstyles. Not men. Yet here she is dreaming about buying a house and having it renovated by the town playboy who never spared her a second glance. Too bad she lacks both the cash and the courage.

Aiden Murdoch put his wild ways behind him to help his ailing father run the family construction business, but he can’t seem to escape his scandalous reputation. Then his childhood friend Thea shows him her money pit of a fixer-upper, and he stumbles on the perfect solution: he’ll provide the labor, and she’ll make him look happily domesticated in front of his father’s nervous clients.

What should be a simple arrangement gets complicated fast when fake kisses lead to real feelings, leaving Aiden aching to prove he’s worth a lifelong commitment and Thea wondering if her pretend boyfriend can truly give up his swipe-right lifestyle. With forever on the line, will they be brave enough to tear down the lies they’ve told each other—and themselves?

About Sara Whitney:

Sara Whitney writes sassy, sexy contemporary romance novels packed with wit, heat, and heart. A 2019 Romance Writers of America Golden Heart award finalist, Sara worked as a newspaper reporter and film critic before she earned her Ph.D. and landed in academia. She’s a good pinball player, a so-so karaoke singer, and an expert TV opinion-haver.

In a funny twist of fate, Sara’s married to a divorce attorney, and she likes to think that her happily-ever-afters help keep their household in balance. She and her husband live in the Midwest surrounded by books, cats, and half-empty coffee cups.  Keep up with Sara by subscribing to her mailing list here.

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