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Book Review

Last on the List
by Amy Daws

Release Date: Available Now

My review:

I’ve enjoyed every book that I’ve ever read by Amy Daws, but I must say that I think this one, “Last on the List”, is my absolute favorite. The characters are wonderful and are people, not just two-dimensional words on a page. It’s one of those books where I wanted to keep reading because I couldn’t wait to see what happened next, but I also wanted to slow down so I could make it last as long as possible. This is the 5th and final book in the ‘Wait With Me’ series. You can read and enjoy it as a standalone, but you do yourself a favor and go back to enjoy the rest of the series as well if you haven’t already.

Millionaire Max and his wife had their daughter less than a year after college graduation. By the time little Everly was two, the marriage was over. Max successfully co-parents with his ex. His beloved daughter is only with him from Friday evening until Monday morning three weekends a month, except when his ex is traveling on business.  Max is totally devoted to Everly, and when she’s not around hes totally devoted to his business – which is the key factor as to how he became a millionaire. When his ex takes a job assignment that will have her out of the country for the summer, Max needs to hire a nanny. After a disappointing array of applicants, he gets to the last name on the list … Cassandra, who prefers to be called Cozy. From her tie-dyed interview clothes to her hippie vibe ideas about a summer of doing nothing, she’s completely inappropriate for the job. The problem then is that Everly is sitting in for the nanny interviews and is desperate to have Cozy be hired. Against his better judgment, Max gives in to his daughter’s wishes. Even Cozy is startled that she gets the job, but she’s genuinely happy about it. She’s trying to reset her life and is certain this summer is going to help.

The story is told primarily from alternating points of view, so we have a window into what’s going on with the main characters. Even so, the author does a terrific job slowly revealing key information about both Max and Cozy. There is some serious angst within the pages, and you should probably keep a tissue handy when you read. There are also plenty of hilarious moments, and when things get steamy between them, it’s like a five-alarm fire. I thought the author did a wonderful job conveying the truth of Cozy’s battle against feeling insecure because she wears a plus size (although I didn’t think her size as given was all that big), and very legitimate concerns she has about her future. I also thought it was excellent how well Max’s understandable insecurities were expressed. For both of them, the struggle is real. Everly is a great character in her own right and added so much to the story. If you’re familiar with other books in the ‘Wait With Me’ series, you get to see the main characters from each story make appearances in this one. I thought the ending of this story was perfect, but I have to take a moment and make a plea to the author … Please tell us that Max’s brothers will get their own series because it would be cruel to introduce us to them and never let us see them again!

Only a bad nanny knows what it’s like to kiss the boss.

CEO millionaire, Max Fletcher is a single dad in desperate need of a nanny.

Cozy Barlow is in the middle of her self-appointed “gap year” and doing everything she can to detach from her past.

But when her sister begs her to interview for the nanny position of a high maintenance client, she doesn’t have a good enough reason to say no.

And when Max locks eyes on the twenty-something in a tie-dye sweatsuit who pitches the idea of daydreaming all summer—he prepares to give this bad nanny the boot.

One problem: Max’s little girl thinks this plus-sized in body and spirit nanny might be her new bestie, so she hires her on the spot.

Now Max is stuck with this bizarre woman who hates everything he represents—corporate greed, money, status, power.

But one stormy night when the power goes out, he discovers Cozy doesn’t hate him. In fact, he’s the leading role in her fantasies.

Fantasies, he would very much like to make a reality.

Last on the List is a 115,000 word full length rom-com with steam, laughs, and love! Reads great as a standalone!


About Amy Daws:

Number 1 Amazon Bestselling author Amy Daws writes spicy love stories that take place in America, as well as across the pond. She’s most known for her footy-playing Harris Brothers and writing in a tire shop waiting room. When Amy is not writing, she’s likely making charcuterie boards from her home in South Dakota where she lives with her daughter and husband.

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For more of Amy’s work, visit: http://www.amydawsauthor.com

Corrupted Innocence
by Measha Stone

Release Date: Available Now

My review:

Be warned that if you start reading “Corrupted Innocence” in the evening, as I did, you may also find yourself unable to put it down, even when you don’t finish until 3:00 AM.  Like me. Author Maesha Stone has created a story that I think is truly one of her best, and that’s saying something because I always seem to enjoy her work.

Charlie is the nickname everyone uses for Charlotte, a young woman who has devoted her life to two things: (1) continuing the deli business started by her beloved parents and (2) trying to save her older brother from the consequences of his addictions. Nikolai just happened to be along with them when men who work for him encountered the sister of a man who owes his family money, instead of the man himself. The deadbeat brother left her to face them and vanished.  Desperate to save her big brother, Charlie volunteers herself as part of the transaction. She’s simultaneously relieved and horrified when Nikolai accepts her offer. Nikolai is intrigued by Charlotte, dealing with personal family issues, running his part of the family ‘business’, and trying to determine if there’s a traitor in their midst.

Charlie and Nikolai are both multidimensional characters, and that’s what makes this story so entertaining; they both sometimes act in ways you don’t expect them to. The chemistry between them confounds them both. There are some unexpected developments in the story, and I liked how they were handled. If you’re familiar with other books by this author, it’s nice to see a few main characters from those books appear as secondary characters in this one.  I’m looking forward to another book in this series.

Some people want order…
Aaron Reynolds never expected to return to Glenfield Park. Not even after his brother died, leaving him as the new Earl of Stanton. But when a military mission forces him to return to catch a traitorous viscount, he has to face the life he left behind. And he has to do it with an unruly woman in tow.

Some people want fun…
Peyton Walker doesn’t know how she got caught up in a military scheme, but she does know she wants out. Fast. All she has to do is help the fierce captain-turned-earl catch some bad guys while pretending she’s a born and bred lady, which would be a simple matter if there weren’t so many rules.

And sometimes the two find they need a little of the other.
Aaron is determined to finish this mission before the ghosts of his past overwhelm him. Peyton wants to regain her freedom and have a little fun along the way. What they don’t expect is to find themselves caught up in one another, no longer certain if their connection is real or if they’re simply playing a part. All Aaron and Peyton know is that they need to catch the villain quickly before they lose their sanity… or their hearts.


About Measha Stone:

Measha Stone is a USA Today bestselling romance author with a deep love for romantic stories, specifically those involving the darker side of romance, all the possessive dominant heroes, and their feisty heroines. If you love a well deserved happily ever after, you will enjoy her books.

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Poetry Corner

Think Not All Is Over
by Harriet Beecher Stowe

About the author

(Excerpt is taken from; https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/harriet-beecher-stowe)

Harriet Beecher Stowe was born in Litchfield, Connecticut, the daughter of renowned minister Lyman Beecher. She attended an all-girls school in Hartford, Connecticut, run by her sister Catherine. In 1832, Stowe moved to Cincinnati, eventually marrying Calvin Stowe, a biblical scholar and an educational reformer who encouraged her writing. Stowe is most famous for her anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852). Written in response to the Fugitive Slave Law and the death of her son, the book stirred passionate debate on the eve of the American Civil War. According to the popular legend, President Lincoln is said to have described Stowe as “the little woman who wrote the book that started this Great War.” Uncle Tom’s Cabin was one of the 19th century’s bestselling, most translated books and continues to draw scholarly attention for its use of sentiment and its racial politics.

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