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Book Review

by Melanie Harlow

Release Date: Available Now

My review:

Mack became a single dad to his 3 young daughters when his wife walked out on all of them. He loves and cherishes his daughters Millie, Felicity and Winnie, and every day he does his absolute best to juggle job responsibilities with parental responsibilities and still stay sane. His girls are adorable and chaos, a combination most parents will recognize. I think it’s impossible not to fall in love with Mack in the very first scene of this story.

He is CFO for Cloverleigh Farms, an operation that encompasses a restaurant, catering hall and winery. Frannie, the youngest daughter of the people who own Cloverleigh, also works there. She is part-time nanny to Mack’s daughters. There is irresistible attraction between Mack and Frannie. Good guy that he is, Mack worries that the 10-year age difference between them makes him too old for her, he has too much personal baggage, that her family – who employ him – will not approve. The degree to which he is seriously tormented is beautifully written, as is her devoted and broken heart when he fights the attraction they feel for one another.

Wonderful characters, excellent secondary characters, and a setting where I’d love to live made this a book to savor. The HEA will keep you smiling.

“Sexy, heartfelt–did I mention sexy? With the perfect touch of the forbidden, Melanie Harlow has outdone herself with single dad Mack and Frannie’s story!”—Ilsa Madden-Mills, Wall Street Journal bestselling author

I’m a full-time single dad to three daughters and CFO at Cloverleigh Farms. I don’t have time to fall in love—I’m too busy trying to run a business, keep the red socks out of the white laundry, and get the damn pillowcases on without owing a dollar to the swear jar.

Sure, Frannie Sawyer is beautiful and sweet, but she’s twenty-seven, the boss’s daughter, and my new part-time nanny—which means she’s completely off-limits. It’s bad enough I can’t stop fantasizing about her, what kind of jerk would I be if I acted on the impulse to kiss her?

(Exactly the kind of jerk you’re thinking.)

Actually, I’m worse than that—because I didn’t stop with a kiss, and now I can’t stay away.  She makes me feel like myself again. She reminds me what it’s like to want something just for me. She’s everything I ever needed, but nothing I ever imagined.

I’m a former Marine. I should have had the strength to resist her from the start.

But I didn’t. And now I have to choose between the life I want and the life she deserves.

Even if it means giving her up.

About Melanie Harlow:

USA Today and #1 Amazon bestselling author Melanie Harlow writes sweet, sexy, feel-good romance. She likes her martinis dry, her heels high, and her history with the naughty bits left in. If she’s not writing or reading, she’s probably at Orangetheory or watching Schitt’s Creek again. She lifts her glass to readers from her home near Detroit, MI, where she lives with her husband, two daughters, and pet rabbit.

She is represented by Rebecca Friedman of Friedman Literary.

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The Enforcer
by Renee Rose

Release Date: Available Now

My review:

“The Enforcer” is the third book in the Chicago Bratva series from author Renee Rose. The books in this series are interconnected stand-alone stories. I have read and enjoyed the other 2 books in the series as well, but I have to tell you that this one is really something special. I don’t want to give any spoilers, so I’m trying to choose my own words with care and its tough because I also want to go on and on about it!

Oleg was an intriguing character in the other books of the series and I was hoping we’d get his story.  But how do you share the story of a mute mafia man? (Answer? Renee Rose weaves her word magic, that’s how.)  His silence made him especially interesting and left me with so many unanswered questions … which I can happily say are now answered!  Oleg has been incredibly attracted to Story, the lead singer of a local band. She’s a musically talented but relationship averse free spirit. When the story brings them together, the chemistry and connection between them transcends speech. This story is told in dual POV, which is critically important in allowing us to hear and experience things from Oleg’s perspective.

There is plenty of dramatic action in this book, which I expected. But there is also a lot of emotion in it, to a degree that totally exceeded my expectations. Oleg’s silence – (because of physical reasons and also self-imposed) –  is so profound and  heartbreaking, as are the restrictions Story has placed upon her own life. I wouldn’t expect there to be sweetness in a mafia romance, but in this one, there is. I couldn’t put this book down until I had finished it.  The secondary characters are nicely done, and some will be familiar if you read the other books in this series. We also get a strong hint at who will be featured in book 4, and I’m already looking forward to it.

She’s my weakness, my obsession. And now my prisoner.
I spent twelve long years in a Siberian prison.
Since my release, nothing’s held my interest.

Nothing except her.
Week after week, I watch her band perform.
I can’t get her out of my mind.

When my past catches up to me, she becomes a target.
The only way to save her is to lock her away.
Hold her prisoner until things blow over.

She’ll never forgive me now, but I can’t explain.
I can’t talk.

About Renee Rose:

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Oops I’ve Fallen
by Max Monroe

Release Date: Available Now

My review:

“Wild, impulsive, down for anything, Carly is the spontaneity and irresistible chaos to my predictability and order.”

This sentence so perfectly describes the compelling connection between lead characters Ryan and Carly. He’s a staid businessman and she’s a free-spirited ski instructor, thrown into close proximity by the shenanigans of their respective widowed parents. The book is a romcom so as the reader you’re well aware that there will be humor and some kind of HEA. The clever, creative writing duo of Max Monroe weaves it all together in a story that has enough steam to fog up your Kindle and enough humor to make you laugh out loud.

The lively set of secondary characters is predominantly made up of senior citizen living in the gated retirement community where the aforementioned widowed parents reside.  Those parents themselves are a fun depiction of seniors finding love and passion in their golden years.The angst Is pretty minimal. There is the necessary character development to allow for relationship development. I very much liked Ryan as the hero, though I was a bit less charmed at some of Carly’s behavior.  I really did enjoy this book and thought it was great, light-hearted entertainment with a very satisfying conclusion.

If my time with Ryan Miller were a hit track on the radio, I imagine the lyrics would go something like this…

“We’re so different, but they say opposites attract. Oops, I’ve fallen, and my heart doesn’t want to come back.”

But, holy bingo night, is my attraction to the sexy, broody businessman so much more complicated than the chorus of a song.

His dad lives right next to my mom, and after the two of them suffered an unexplained accident while taking down holiday decorations, both Ryan and I were forced to become the only thirtysomething residents of Sunny Creek Village Independent Senior Living Community.

Temporarily moving in might seem like overkill for a fractured tailbone and a severely pulled groin muscle, but believe me, when your mom is as wild as mine and your dad is as cantankerous as Ryan’s, they need supervision to ensure they stick to doctor’s orders.

Constantly thrown together by the antics of our crazy parents and the tough-as-nails community enforcer, Betty Matthews, Ryan and I formed an alliance for the sole purpose of survival.

But I never expected to be so interested in finding out what he was hiding beneath his grumpy, serious demeanor. More than that, I never dreamed what I found would be the kind of man women sell their souls to the devil for.

Unfortunately, our little one-hit wonder on the airwaves has more to say before it comes to an end.

Although, finishing the outro to this song is a real doozy…

Tell me…what lyric rhymes with Oops, I’ve fallen for my future stepbrother?

About Max Monroe

Over five years ago, a dynamic duo of romance authors teamed up under the pseudonym Max Monroe, and, well, the rest is history…
Max Monroe is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of over thirty contemporary romance titles (with Romantic Comedy being their jam), Favorite writing partners and long time friends, Max and Monroe strive to live and write all the fun, sexy swoon so often missing from their Facebook newsfeed. Sarcastic by nature, their two writing souls feel like they’ve found their other half. This is their most favorite adventure thus far. ​

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Poetry Corner

Lines Written in Early Spring
by William Wordsworth

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William Wordsworth was one of the founders of English Romanticism and one its most central figures and important intellects. He is remembered as a poet of spiritual and epistemological speculation, a poet concerned with the human relationship to nature and a fierce advocate of using the vocabulary and speech patterns of common people in poetry. The son of John and Ann Cookson Wordsworth, William Wordworth was born on April 7, 1770 in Cockermouth, Cumberland, located in the Lake District of England: an area that would become closely associated with Wordsworth for over two centuries after his death. He began writing poetry as a young boy in grammar school, and before graduating from college he went on a walking tour of Europe, which deepened his love for nature and his sympathy for the common man: both major themes in his poetry. Wordsworth is best known for Lyrical Ballads, co-written with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and The Prelude, a Romantic epic poem chronicling the “growth of a poet’s mind.”

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