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Me, You and Tiramisu
Charlotte Butterfield
Feb. 23, 2017
HarperImpulse



I wasn't sure about this book until I was about a third of the way into it. Oh my gosh, I loved Jayne and Will's story. Jayne, and her twin sister, Rachel, survived a less-than-ideal childhood. Jayne is a teacher, and when she meets back up with Will, who she knew as a teenager, it was so sweet. But what happens when Will becomes a You Tube sensation with his cooking show? One can only imagine how that changes your life. Loved this book!
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No One But You
Brenda Novak
June 1st
Mira Publishing



Dawson Reed has been released from prison, ultimately not charged with the murder of his adopted parents. Sadie Harris, in the midst of a contentious divorce from her slime-ball husband, Sly, agrees to work for Dawson. She's helping to clean up the house Dawson inherited so he can bring his mentally-disabled sister home.

I won't post any spoilers, but suffice it to say, Sadie and Dawson have a hard road ahead of them. Novak continues to write books with interesting characters. Can't wait for her next Silver Springs novel!
Man Overboard
J.A. Jance
March 21, 2017
Touchstone




I'm a big fan of J.A. Jance, and this Ali Reynolds book is another winner. Stuart Ramey, an employee of Ali's business, High Noon, takes front and center. His childhood friend, Roger McGeary, supposedly commits suicide on a cruise. Stuart, Ali and Roger's therapist investigate on their own, and what they find is astounding. Someone, fueled by his father's own suicide, is committing murder.
The Nanny Arrangement
by Rachel Harris
May 22, 2017
Entangled Publishing



Hannah has been best friends with Deacon for years, ever since she befriended him and he became her protector. Now she's been asked to be the nanny for Deacon's son, while he's embarking on a tour with a famous country band. Hannah has loved him for years, and she's determined to make him see her as more than a best friend. Do her tactics work? Does Deacon's upbringing (absent dad, alcoholic mother) prevent him from being able to maintain a relationship?

I loved the interaction that Hannah had with Deacon, as well as his band-mates wives and girlfriends. First book I've read by Harris, and I enjoyed it so much that I need to go back and read You're Still The One, the first book in the series.

REVIEW: The Idea of You by Amanda Prowse

The Idea of You
by Amanda Prowse
Lake Union Publishing
Release date: March 21, 2017

5 STARS

I was provided a copy of The Idea of You through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is the story of Lucy and Jonah. Jonah has been married before and has a teen-age daughter. Lucy is nearing 40 and wants to have a child with Jonah. The book is about the struggles they endure trying to have a child, as well as having Jonah's daughter, Camille, come and stay with them for a while. Where does Lucy fit in the dynamic between her husband and his daughter? What secret is buried and threatens to destroy Lucy and Jonah's marriage? I really enjoyed this book!

This is the first time I've read this author. It won't be the last.

REVIEW: The Lost Girls by Allison Brennan

THE LOST GIRLS
by ALLISON BRENNAN
St. Martin's Press
November 1, 2016
5 STARS

Love Brennan's Lucy Kincaid series!

Siobhan Walsh has been looking for two sisters who disappeared 2 years ago. She feels responsible, so when she gets a phone call from a Texas priest, who has found an abandoned newborn with a locket nearby that she'd given one of the girls; she goes to Texas in hopes of finding them. She calls in her FBI friends, including Lucy Kincaid, and the search is on. Meanwhile, Lucy's fiance, Sean, has an unexpected visit from a former girlfriend. Her husband, and the 12 year old son he never knew he had, have disappeared in Mexico. So it's time for the Rogan family to find out what's going on.

This is a suspenseful, hard-to-put-down book, so hang on for the ride! Be prepared for a human trafficking story that is hard to stomach, and more than likely, all too true in this day and age. Mexican cartels, murder and mayhem. This book has it all.

REVIEW: A Million Little Things by Susan Mallery

A Million Little Things
Susan Mallery
February 28, 2017
Mira Books

This is a story of friendship, family and things that happens to good people. Zoe's friend, Jen is a new mother, overly worried about why her 18 month old son won't talk. (By the way, this isn't unusual for boys). Jen's mom, Pam, is also Zoe's friend, until she begins dating Pam's son. Pam originally thought that Zoe would be good for Steven, but things happen and she changes her mind. (No spoilers here). Mallery always weaves strong characters in her books, and this was one of my favorites!

REVIEW - Size Matters by Alison Bliss

Size Matters
Alison Bliss
Hachette Book Group
November 29, 2016

4.5 out of 5 stars!

Even though parts of this book were frustrating, I still enjoyed it. Leah Martin owns a bakery, and, let's put it this way, she's not a skinny little thing. She meets Sam Cooper in a bar, but he's got his own issues. Past relationships didn't go so well, and even though he's ready to settle down, he's not sure what he's looking for. Leah's mom is judgmental about her weight - always trying to tell her to lose weight, eat better, etc. But when Sam meets her family, he can't stand how her mother treats her, so he says he's her fiance! Wildness ensues.

I enjoyed almost all of Leah's family, but especially her dad and grandparents. Sam has to get past his previous relationships, and decide if Leah is the one for him.

I'll be reading more books by Allison Bliss!

REVIEW - Finding our Forever by Brenda Novak

FINDING OUR FOREVER
by BRENDA NOVAK
Harlequin Special Edition
Expected release date: April 1, 2017

If the first book in Brenda Novak's new Silver Springs series is any indication, it will be a GREAT series!

Cora, who was adopted, finds her birth mother at the New Horizon Boys Ranch. She gets a job teaching art there, but can't decide whether to confide that she is the ranch owner, Aiyana's daughter. Elijah is one of Aiyana's adopted children, and Cora finds herself caring for him. He had an abusive childhood, and is determined not to have a relationship. But he finds himself caring very deeply for Cora. Will Cora tell Aiyana that she is her daughter? Why did Aiyana give her up for adoption? And how do Cora's adoptive parents feel? All these questions are answered.

I loved the characters in Finding our Forever, and am eagerly looking forward to the next book in the series! Highly recommend this book!

REVIEW - At First Light

At First Light
Mari Madison
Publish Date: March 7, 2017
Berkley Publishing Group


Troy Young and Sarah Martin were lovers 5 years ago. But Troy broke Sarah's trust, then left for a reporting gig in war-ravaged Syria. After being kidnapped and tortured, he is finally released. When he comes home, he suffers from PTSD. Sarah is working for a TV station as their entertainment reporter. When Troy is hired at the same station, they end up doing "fluffy" entertainment reviews together. The chemistry is still there, but can they overcome what happened in the past? Will Troy get help for his PTSD? And who is trying to harm Sarah?

I loved this book. I won't post any spoilers, but it was hard to put down.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing this book to me. This is an honest review.