Reviewing the Unreviewed [2]

Posted February 23, 2020 by Kim in 4 Stars, In Review, Reviewing the Unreviewed / 0 Comments

As I’m still trying to play catch up on overdue reviews, I’m giving you another Reviewing the Unreviewed. But this time it’s all about holiday romances.

Some of these reviews will be really short. Like, shorter than the book’s blurb short. It might look a little weird, but I want to keep my review archive with Ultimate Book Blogger going, so bear with me. 

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Reviewing the Unreviewed [2]Wrapped Up in You by Jill Shalvis
Series: Heartbreaker Bay #8
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Holiday
Publication date: September 24, 2019
Publisher: Avon Books
384 pages
How I got it: From the publisher
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon
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After a lifetime on the move, Ivy Snow is an expert in all things temporary—schools, friends, and way too many Mr. Wrongs. Now that she owns a successful taco truck in San Francisco and an apartment to call home, Ivy’s reinvented life is on solid ground. And she’s guarded against anything that can rock it. Like the realities of a past she’s worked hard to cover up. And especially Kel O’Donnell. Too hot not to set off alarms, he screams temporary. If only his whispers weren’t so delightfully naughty and irresistible.

Kel, an Idaho sheriff and ranch owner, is on vacay, but Ivy’s a spicy reason to give his short-terms plans a second thought. Best of all, she’s a tonic for his untrusting heart, burned once and still in repair. But when Ivy’s past intrudes on a perfect romance, Kel fears that everything she’s told him has been a perfect lie. Now, if only Ivy’s willing to share, Kel will fight for a true love story.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

In Review: My Thoughts

Wrapped Up in You was a great addition to the Heartbreaker Bay series! I love a good expiration dating/friends with benefits story and this one between Ivy and Kel checked all my boxes. Their chemistry was smoking hot and they gave me plenty of feels to go with that heat, too. The pairing between a taco truck owner with a disdain for authority and the town sheriff, who also happens to be a rancher, was a lot of fun.

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About Jill Shalvis

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s sexy contemporary and award-winning books wherever romances are sold and click on the blog button above for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

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Reviewing the Unreviewed [2]The Matchmaker's Mistletoe Mission by Jaci Burton
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Holiday
Publication date: October 15, 2019
Publisher: Penguin/InterMix
Format: eARC, 154 pages
How I got it: From the publisher
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon
My rating:

Stranded at the Red Moss Vineyard a week before her best friend's wedding, LA native and professional matchmaker Alice Weatherford is not pleased with her first trip to Oklahoma, or the epic snowstorm forcing her to stay. So much for Christmas cheer. What she needs is a project, something to distract her...and, oh, has she found one in neighboring rancher Clay Henry. Gorgeous, charming, and unlike any other man she's ever met, finding the right woman for Clay should be easy....

Having grown up with the Bellini sisters, it's no hardship for Clay to ride out the storm at their cozy family vineyard, especially since that means spending time with their savvy and smart houseguest. But despite Alice’s best efforts, he's not the least bit interested in her matchmaking....

Alice is the only woman Clay wants. Now he just has to convince the matchmaker herself to give love a chance.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

In Review: My Thoughts

Can you believe this is my first Jaci Burton book? I’m almost embarrassed to admit it. It was a total hit. This Christmas novella was fun, festive and smoking hot. It also did a great job kicking off a new series I’m super excited to read more of. I’m a sucker for cowboys, y’all. Also, opposites attract. Add in some forced proximity and instalove, which isn’t always my preference but totally worked here, and I was all in. Alice and Clay were great together and I thoroughly enjoyed this quick read.

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About Jaci Burton

Jaci Burton is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling, award-winning author of over 85 books. She lives in Oklahoma and when she isn’t on deadline (which is often), she can usually be found wrestling with her uncooperative garden, wrangling her dogs, watching an unhealthy amount of television, or completely losing track of time reading a great book. She’s a total romantic and longs for the happily ever after in every story, which you’ll find in all her books.

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Reviewing the Unreviewed [2]One Christmas Eve by Shannon Stacey
Series: Cedar Street #2
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Holiday
Publication date: November 11, 2019
Publisher: Carina Press
Format: eARC, How I got it: From the publisher
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Buy it: Amazon
My rating:

Zoe Randall is busy living her life as she damn well pleases. She’s back in her favorite town, her divorce in her rearview mirror, and living out her childhood dream of running a bookstore with her cousin. She has no interest in the uptight nerd who opened his boring-ass business next to her shop…until he complains about one of her sexy window displays.

Then it’s game on.

Preston Wheeler knows he takes life a little too seriously. But when the saucy bookseller next door starts pushing his buttons, he can feel that changing. Beautiful, vivacious Zoe challenges him in all the best ways, and soon he’s pushing her buttons right back: teasing and flirting all the way through the holiday season.

As Preston loosens up and Zoe is treated to the man behind the suit (particularly his forearms), she realizes she’s more interested than she cares to admit. And Preston comes to see the beauty—the absolute delight—in adding Zoe’s bright splashes of color to his once very black-and-white existence.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

In Review: My Thoughts

So far I’ve only read two Shannon Stacey books and both have been holiday novellas. They’ve also both been great reads, so I should probably get around to reading something else sometime soon. But, I digress. One Christmas Eve was a fun and sexy enemies-to-lovers Christmas novella with a spunky heroine and a grouchy hero. Zoe and Preston had oodles of chemistry and I loved the push-pull between them. Zoe’s bookstore antics and Preston’s reactions made me literally laugh out loud. This novella gave me all the Christmas cheer I needed and totally helped heat up the cold winter night.

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About Shannon Stacey

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shannon Stacey lives with her husband and two sons in New England, where her favorite activities are writing romance and really random tweets when she’s not riding her ATV. She loves mud, books, football & watching way too much TV.

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