Finding Home Again by Brenda Jackson

 Release Date - October 2019 Some of the books I read don't click the first time. I try to work back to them and give them additional changes. I have loved the Catalina Cove Novel collection, but Finding Home Again never quite clicked. I finished it this time, but I still don't think it was one of my favorites from this series. Kaegan broke Bryce's heart many years ago when he made an assumption rather than asking her for an explanation. She never intended to give him a second chance. But, he's back in town and they keep running into each other. When Kaegan learns the truth of that night so many years ago, he cannot believe he let her slip away. He will do anything possible to win her back, but is it too late? I think this is one of those stories where I had a hard time sympathizing with the hero. He was an idiot and while he realizes it, it's hard to forgive him for making such a stupid decision in the first place. I'd like to rule it out as being a juvenile m

First Kiss at Christmas by Lee Tobin McClain

Release Date - October 2021 In the midst of all life's thrown my way, I read this months ago and failed to review it. First Kiss at Christmas is a fantastic romance. Kayla Harris is a school teacher with plenty of male friends, but never seems to find Mr. Right. When Tony DeNunzio brings his nephew, Jax, into her classroom, she feels an attraction.  Tony's goal this year is to help his young nephew adjust to a new home and new life without his mom. Love is not in the picture, yet the more time Tony spends with Kayla, the more he can't ignore the attraction. Is there something more there? This is an uplifting, delightful romance with a strong hero and the right balance of chemistry and caution. The character never lose track of Jax's need to be the center of attention. I loved that.

The Next Thing You Know by Jessica Strawser

Release Date - March 22, 2022 Years ago, I read Me Before You and absolutely loved it. I worked my way through all of Jojo Moyes books after that. When I saw that The Next Thing You Know  was of a similar storyline, I knew I had to read it. Nova works as an end-of-life doula, a career that makes sense to anyone facing a terminal illness or end-of-life scenario, yet not everyone understands it. Mason, a musician, seeks  Nova out, despite not really understanding her work. Mason's career as he knows it is over, due to a debilitating condition that he doesn't really tell Nova too much about. Despite his younger age, Nova agrees to help him. It's what she does, yet this is one of the most personal, challenging clients she's ever had. There's more to this story than I feel comfortable bringing up. A major plot twist hits and the story then goes between past and present to tell Nova and Mason's experiences together. An end-of-life doula is a career I believe needs to

Last Chance Christmas by Hope Ramsay

 Release Date - September 25, 2012 The last thing photojournalist Lark expects is to find herself in the small town Last Chance, but that's exactly what happens after her father's death. His final wish was to have his ashes scattered on the town's mini-golf course. What Lark doesn't know is that her dad fled town right after the death of a prominent member of the town. Many people object to her presence and the owners of the mini-golf seem unwilling to consider her dad's last wishes. Stone, the local police chief, isn't happy that Lark's in town, and he is one of the first to admit he wants her gone. The widower is busy raising two girls, and his oldest daughter's fascination with Lark's work isn't helping. His daughter is happy Lark's in town and is doing everything possible to get to know her.  With some of the Christ Church Ladies' Auxillary trying to get Stone to see that Lark's a suitable match, Stone is finding it hard to igno

The Suite Spot by Trish Doller

 Release Date - March 8, 2022 This book is everything. I loved Trish Doller's previous release and The Suite Spot confirmed that she needs to be at the top of my must-read list. I described Float Plan as "lovely." I feel the same about Doller's latest. After a rich, handsy frequent guest lies, Rachel Beck loses her much-needed job as an evening manager at a luxury hotel in Miami. As a single mom, she needed that job, worse her reputation is in tatters. When she's given the chance of a lifetime to move her and her young daughter to Kelleys Island in Ohio, she's hesitant. Ohio's weather is nothing like Miami's, but she needs a job that makes her happy. Working at sleazy hotels is not making her happy. Once she arrives on the island, she learns Mason didn't exactly tell the truth. The Lake Erie island does have a brewery and cabin rentals, but it's not completed. If she stays, Rachel would be helping with everything from the construction to the

Unmissing by Minka Kent

 Release Date - February 15, 2022 While he's at work, Luca's wife Lydia disappears. She's never seen or heard from again. He's moved on and ten years later, he and his second wife have a child and another on the way. Merritt and Luca are happy and settled into an enjoyable life. One night, a knock on the door changes everything. Lydia is back and demands to see her husband. Luca's out of town, but Merritt turns the stranger away. She needs time to process what she's learned and decide if this stranger is a con artist or the real deal. It's the real thing. Lydia's been held captive for many years. At the very least, Merritt feels they should help Lydia start over. It doesn't take long before Merritt realizes there is far more to Lydia's story than she could have imagined.  Unmissing takes a lot of turns. It's hard to like Lydia, even though she was kidnapped and treated badly for so many years. It's hard to like her when she could unrave

The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton

 Release Date - March 26, 2019 When I struggle to read a novel, I don't delete it. I always try to circle back and give it multiple chances. Keeping that in mind, The Perfect Girlfriend is one I've tried to get through. Maybe I gave it more chances than I should, but I hate giving up.  Juliette has great friends, a remarkable career, and her mother's death also means she has the chance to live where she wants, rather than where she can afford it. She also has the love of her life living nearby, even if he may need a little coaching to reach the same conclusion she has. She does everything she can to show him she's the only one he needs. She gets a job at his airline, stops by and regularly cleans his home while he's away, and other things designed to ensure he realizes how much he misses her.  Essentially, this book is a twisted trip into Juliette's obsession. She definitely comes off as creepy, but she's also so unlikable. The writing is fantastic, but I