Monday, February 26, 2024

New Release Audiobook Review: The Surrogate by Penelope Ward


Title: The Surrogate
Author: Penelope Ward
Genre: Standalone Contemporary Romance
Tropes: Age Gap/Widower/Found Family
Forbidden/Enemies to Friends to Lovers
Release Date: February 26, 2024


From New York Times bestselling author Penelope Ward comes a new, STANDALONE novel…

I’m falling for the father of the baby I’m carrying.
The problem is: it’s not my baby.
And the broody widower is not looking for a long-term partner.
As a surrogate, the deal was that I’d only be in England long enough to give birth.
At first, the man seemed as pretentious as his name: Sigmund Benedictus.
He and I butted heads.
Sig challenged my intentions, accused me of just wanting to do this for the money.
Gradually, he learned to trust me.
He even became protective.
Over time, our heated animosity turned into fiery chemistry.
I was falling in love with him.
But my time here had a limit.
I needed to protect my heart from the devastatingly gorgeous older man who’d end up breaking it.

When my in-laws told me they wanted to use my dead wife’s eggs to conceive a grandchild, I wasn’t immediately on board.
They swore that on her deathbed Britney told them it was what she wanted—but only if I fathered the baby. Her parents insisted they would be the ones to raise it.
Against my better judgment, I agreed.
I vowed to keep my heart out of it, though.
I’d continue to pretend it wasn’t happening and live the empty, single life I’d become accustomed to the past five years since Britney died.
And despite the fact that a certain younger American named Abby Knickerbocker had awakened things inside me that I thought were long dead…
I most certainly wouldn’t fall in love with the surrogate.





My review: 5 stars!

As a fan of author Penelope Ward, I was one of her readers who crossed their fingers and longed for a story about a side character named Sig from her 2021 book The Aristocrat. It was definitely worth the wait- The Surrogate was just phenomenal! Diving in I had no idea how emotional and absolutely special this story would be but I was immediately drawn in. Seeing how Abby brought a broken Sig back to life and happiness was so inspiring. I purchased the audiobook and really loved the performances by narrators Jacob Morgan and Desiree Ketchum- Jacob does a fantastic British accent!


Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author of contemporary romance.

She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor. Penelope resides in Rhode Island with her husband, son, and beautiful daughter with autism.

With over two million books sold, she is a 21-time New York Times bestseller and the author of over forty books. Her novels have been translated into over a dozen languages and can be found in bookstores around the world.






New Release Review: The Club by Jillian Dodd


The Club (London Prep #8)The Club by Jillian Dodd
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

4.5 stars
Mallory, Noah, Harry and Mohammad are so fun to follow and The Club was filled with gossipy goodness. Of course author Jillian Dodd teased us with quite the cliffhanger and now I'm super ready for the next book in the series. This has been such a fun series!

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Tuesday, February 20, 2024

New Release Review: Nothing But It All by Adriana Locke


What can mend a marriage in trouble? Two meddling kids, one grandfather, and a mischievous puppy.

Nothing But It All by Adriana Locke is now live! 

From USA Today bestselling author Adriana Locke comes a warm and romantic novel about a marriage in trouble, two conspiring kids, and the meaning of long-lasting love.

After twenty years, the cracks in Lauren Reed’s marriage are showing. She and her husband, Jack, feel more like roommates than a loving couple. What they have in common are two wonderful teenagers, Michael and Maddie, and the same wistful question: When did it all go wrong? Now that Lauren’s decided to get on with her life—alone—divorce is inevitable.

Not to the kids. They aren’t giving up so easily.

Michael and Maddie have conspired with their grandfather to bring everyone together for a vacation in the family’s favorite summer getaway, a rustic lakeside cabin in Story Brook, Ohio. Awkward? Yep. A little deceptive? Sure. But as far as traps go, Lauren and Jack agree—the meddlers couldn’t have set one that was more scenic or filled with so many bittersweet memories.

This trip is going to be life-changing for the whole family. Fourteen days of hope, heartbreak, and unexpected possibilities—like maybe falling in love all over again.

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Narrated by: Amy Hall & Ryan Duncan


My review: 5 stars!

Nothing But It All was SO REAL! I myself have been married almost 25 years and have found that marriage is truly a journey. Kids, job pressures, elderly parents- I could relate to everything in this book. Jack and Lauren's story was so realistic and relatable. I felt it all- I was broken for them at the beginning of the book, and cheered for them as they worked through their issues. Narrators Amy Hall and Ryan Duncan were new to me, but their performances were nothing short of fantastic.

Meet Adriana

USA Today and Amazon Charts Bestselling author, Adriana Locke, writes contemporary romances about the two things she knows best—big families and small towns. Her stories are about ordinary people finding extraordinary love with the perfect combination of heart, heat, and humor.

She loves connecting with readers, fall weather, football, reading alpha heroes, everything pumpkin, and pretending to garden.

Hailing from a tiny town in the Midwest, Adriana spends her free time with her high school sweetheart (who she married over twenty years ago) and their four sons (who truly are her best work). Her kitchen may be a perpetual disaster, and if all else fails, there is always pizza.


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Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Cover Reveal: The Almost Romantic by Lauren Blakely




Release date: March 14th


Series: How to Date - Book 3 standalone


Tropes: Fake Fiancé / Single Dad / My Wife / Marriage of Convenience / Found Family / Possessive Hero / Confident Outgoing Heroine


Cover Designer: Qamber Designs Media




Get ready for an epic fake engagement-turned-into-marriage of convenience romance!


Introducing the cover reveal of The Almost Romantic by Lauren Blakely!


Brace yourselves for a tale of a fake engagement turned marriage of convenience, unexpected love, and a dash of corporate rivalry. Will our heroine fall for her pretend hubby, or will she walk away from this marriage of convenience?


Stay tuned for the release in all formats and free to read in Kindle Unlimited on March 14th!


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The best way to save my little shop? Marry my fake fiancé for real...

When a sexy single dad walks into my shop and buys every box of chocolate just to ask me out, I say yes. By the end of a smoldering night, I’m saying oh yes.

And in the morning I’m saying yes, yes, yes to an idea that can save both our businesses so long as Gage and I pretend to be engaged and wildly in love. But since my messy life is riding on this new venture, we agree that our one night was our only night.

Except, all our fake kisses quickly melt my resolve. Gage says he has no room in his life for romance, but he touches me like he can’t get enough. Tells me he can’t resist me. And gets down on one knee in the most romantic fake proposal ever.

But when my vindictive corporate rival threatens to expose the lie of us, my protective fiancé steps up and declares I’m his wife.

Looks like I just walked into a marriage of convenience.

At the end of the year, I’ll walk out of it…as long as I don’t fall for my husband.


About Lauren Blakely


A #1 New York Times Bestselling, #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling, and #1 Audible Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that’s cute but spicy. Lauren likes dogs, cake, and show tunes and is the vegetarian at your dinner party.

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Sunday, February 11, 2024

Blurb Reveal: Nine Month Contract by Amy Daws

From Amazon #1 bestselling author Amy Daws comes an all-new small town, spicy romance sure to hit you in the gut with laughs, feels, and mountain man grunts.


Help Wanted: Grumpy Mountain Man seeks baby momma. Job is an incubator position only. Surrogate must be impervious to grunting in the form of communication and nosey brotherly neighbors. Rustic mountain range housing available upon request.


I wanted to pummel my irritating brothers when they posted their own version of a wanted ad to help me with my life.


But I can’t fault the results once the right woman lands on my lap.


Becoming a single father is not a decision I made lightly. In fact, it’s the biggest decision of my entire life.


Which is why when I interview Trista, I know she’s perfect.


She’s wild, she’s opinionated, she wears cowboy boots. Even my pet goat loves her…


She’s the exact type of person I was holding out for.


And to my great horror, I realize on our first night of attempting this baby making dance…when the lights are low, the cheap wine is flowing, and the home insemination supplies are laid out on the kitchen counter…


I want to do a lot more than just make her my surrogate.


I want to make her mine.

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Tuesday, February 6, 2024

New Audiobook Release Review: The Reason I Married Him by Meghan Quinn


From USA Today and Amazon Charts bestselling author Meghan Quinn, comes a new marriage of convenience romantic comedy. This steamy, laugh out loud, enemies-to-lovers small town standalone delivers the perfect happily ever after. One-click your copy of THE REASON I MARRIED HIM today!


And don’t miss the Illustrated Hardcover? It's NOW LIVE and has beautiful, hand drawn illustrations so you can take a deep dive into Wyatt and Aubree's love story! You can get your copy HERE!


He proposed . . . and I said yes.
Normally a jovial occasion for a couple in love, but this proposal has a very different feel.
Because the man that I'll be calling my husband blew into town with one thing on his mind . . . to make my life a living nightmare.

So why did I say yes?

Well, because we both need something from each other.

Namely, I want the farm land he currently owns, and he needs a wife in order to inherit his family cabin in his grandfather’s will.

So as he so eloquently put it, my hand, for his land.

At first, I thought the idea was nuts.
Who really gets married out of convenience?
Apparently, I do.

And now we have to sell our relationship to the town. Meaning, we're holding hands, he's pinching my cheeks . . . upper and lower. We're even forced to share the one-bedroom guest house on the farm where his monstrous body is taking up a large percentage of the bed.

But we’re so persuasive about our farse, that now I’m starting to think he actually might like me. Especially when he grabs me by the wrist and teases the shell of my ear as he whispers, “Mine.”


My review: 4 stars!

I listened to an early audio copy of the audiobook and really enjoyed it! Sometimes marriage of convenience is a hard trope for me to visualize actually happening, but Wyatt and Aubree's marriage made total sense. It was nice to go back to Almond Bay (Hi Chewy Charles and welcome Chewy Chonda! Ha!) and catch up with characters from The Way I Hate Him. I adore small towns and the nosey little ladies that always live in them. The duet style narration by Aaron Shedlock and Stella Hunter was fantastic and really brought the characters to life for me. The slow burn pace of this romance was just right for the storyline and the payoff was worth the wait.

Audio Lovers!

Stella Hunter and Aaron Shedlock narrate in duet this sexy, marriage of convenience romance. THE REASON I MARRIED HIM is NOW LIVE in audio, so grab your earbuds and make this your next listen today!



USA Today Bestselling Author, wife, adoptive mother, and peanut butter lover. Author of romantic comedies and contemporary romance, Meghan Quinn brings readers the perfect combination of heart, humor, and heat in every book.

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