Tag Archives: romance

The Billionaire Needs a Bodyguard [Ravina Hilliard- Book Review]

Synopsis:

Alexandra “Lex” Granger is a private security consultant who has to go undercover to protect billionaire businessman Michael Thornton, pretending to be an escort. Michael does not think he needs a bodyguard, despite the death threats he has received from protesters against his takeover of a Danish company, but he does need protection against the predatory wife of the Danish ambassador. Lex knows that this assignment is dangerous, made more so because her client does not even know that he is being protected. 

She doesn’t know that he thinks she is a con-artist a gold-digger who takes rich men for everything that she can get. As sparks fly, and the attraction between the two go stronger, they face a deadly danger from an unknown assailant. Lex and Mike embark on a turbulent affair in the beautiful city of Copenhagen, with Mike realising that there is much more to the sexy seductress, her bewildering vulnerability evoking unfettered passion and feelings that he has never experienced before. Lex realises that she has committed the ultimate folly, that of falling in love with a man who despises her. Will she overcome the dangers to Michael to her breaking heart? 

Purchase it here.

Genre: Romance

Rating: 4 stars ⭐️

Usually I am able to get through romance quickly and once again, that is the case with this book. I had no idea what to expect when I started, but I could not get enough once I had begun reading this story. The reason was because the premise was so unique. I did not really read the description when I started. I just kind of went in blind and was shocked to find it was a woman who was going to be the bodyguard. At first, I was a little surprised by this. But in the best way possible, women should be the heroes in books as well. It was awesome to see the story was turned around a little bit, with the woman being the one who had to do the saving.

The book starts out a little slow for me. I did not really like how self deprecating Lex was to herself. She was just hating all of her body and how she looked. She did not see anything good in herself, and this annoyed me because I don’t think this should be in a romance novel. I think it could harm those who deal with body image issues, and it is hard to see in a book when it is so blatant and the only solution is when a man says you are good enough. Despite this, I did enjoy the romance. I was just not pleased with the casual negative body image Lex has, and she never really deals with it in a healthy way.

The romance in this book is interesting though. It is a build up of hate to love. But also a little bit more complicated because he thinks she is an escort and doesn’t know she is a bodyguard. Michael treats her terribly often, calling her a slut and whore because he thinks she’s an escort. And he also thinks she is a gold digger so he just looks down on her. Sex workers are already looked down upon, and I think just another casual attitude to the way people treat them is also harmful because sex workers are people too. I know I did have some problems with this book, but I did enjoy it. The build up is worth it. Michael takes her shopping and buys her nice clothes. He teases her with passionate kisses and the chemistry between them is off the charts. Truly some of the hottest steamy scenes I have read in a long time.

The suspense was awesome as well. I was able to read this in one day, and I enjoyed it. I love romantic suspense stories, and I would suggest this to all the fans of the genre. It just seems like some of the words were a little strange, but I think it is because this book was not in English originally. Just a little bit of editing would make this book go smoother for the reader.

This was such an awesome romance, and it is a good way to spend an afternoon because it was so much fun. I highly recommend this book, and I can’t wait to read more like this.

Thank you to the publisher for the review copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

A Whole New Me [Blog Tour]

Hi, friends! I am so excited to bring you an excerpt from a new book I am so excited about. It is written by a great person, and I have had my preorder in since the announcement. I’m going to be sharing an excerpt from the book along with information about the book, I hope you will order it and love it as much as I know I will.

Here is the excerpt from this awesome book:

The drive doesn’t even take ten minutes and we chat a bit on the way. He talks my ear off about football and I respond where it seems appropriate, because for the most part I have no idea what he’s talking about. I can’t wait to tell him I don’t really like football. That’ll be a fun conversation.

When we arrive back at his place, my nerves come back just a little bit. I don’t really want to run into anyone, like I said I’m not great at meeting new people. And this situation is kind of odd. I don’t want to have to answer any questions.

“So we should have the place to ourselves. Most of the guys are out getting a drink, rough practice today.” Instead of going to the front door, he leads me to the side of the house to another door. “My room kind of has its own entrance.” He takes out his keys and unlocks the door, going through first to show me the way. There’s a staircase going up another level and another door off to the side that I’m guessing leads to the main house.

I follow him up the stairs to another door and this time he pauses. He stands facing the door for a second before turning and regarding me with a searching look on his face.

“What,” I ask, suddenly nervous again. Though this is the butterflies in the stomach kind of nervous. Because his eyes have darkened and he looks a little bit desperate.

“Tessa, are you sure you want to do this?”

“Yes, I am. Why? Did you change your mind, because if you did I totally understand. I mean I know this whole thing is kind of crazy and I’m sure I seem crazy for even suggesting it. An-“

I’m suddenly cut off mid sentence by his lips against mine. I respond instantly, pressing my lips against his while his hand cups the back of my head. After a few seconds, he pulls away slightly and whispers, “I want to do this, I really do.” He grabs my lips with his again pushing me up against the door


About this wonderful book:

Summary

Tessa has something to prove and she wants to use Ricky to do it.

She’s not surprised when he agrees to her friends with benefits plan, but she is surprised when it seems like Ricky wants more than she’s willing to give. 

Can she keep Ricky without giving him hope for something more?

Because Tessa won’t let this be love.

Books Links

Amazon:

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/51544968-a-whole-new-me

About the author:

Adrianna is a 27 year old wife, mommy, book lover, and librarian. She has a deep love for romance books and an unhealthy obsession with iced tea. She can quote almost any Disney movie, she’s in love with Kylo Ren, and she lives for Harry Potter. When she’s not reading or writing, she loves spending time at home with her son, husband, 5 cats, and one tiny dog.

Twitter: https://Twitter.com/ForLoveandBooks

Instagram: https://instagram.com/romancebookbinge

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeUilPPCPAFIBSEYv4YdD1Q

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17449621.Adrianna_Schuh?from_search=trueBlog: https://romancebookbin

Thank you so much for letting me be a part of this blog tour. I cant wait to get my hands on this book!

Get A Life, Chloe Brown [Book Review]

Add on Goodreads

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Format: Read via NetGalley

Ahhh, this book is amazing. I have been sleeping on Talia Hibbert for years, and I have so many regrets I waited so long. But thank you NetGalley and Harper Collins for the ARC. This is definitely now one of my top books for the year!

Chloe Brown is thirty one years old, and she’s survived a near death experience. Doing so, this alters her life because now she decides she wants to live. So Chloe composes a list of all the things she’s going to do, such as camping and having a drunken night out. Suffering from chronic pain and fibromyalgia, she has disabilities but she’s determined to be more than just her disability. Her sisters are even betting whether or not she’s going to fulfill her list. Chloe comes from a wealthy close knit family, but she’s moved into a flat to gain back her independence and complete her list.

Enter in Red. He’s the building superintendent, and he doesn’t quite know what to make of Chloe. She’s cute, but she seems distant as well. Red has taken this job running an apartment complex for his best friend because he’s dealing with leaving an abusive relationship. This has hurt him so badly, he stopped making art for awhile and didn’t speak to his friends in London. When Chloe asks Red to help her finish her list, he agrees but isn’t sure what to expect. Red is attracted to Chloe, but he is not positive on her feelings for him. It’s so great to see how their relationship unfolds…

Well, this book is amazing. The representation is fantastic. Chloe is a black woman with curves, and she’s appreciated for it. Red enjoys her body. It’s such a body positive novel, I couldn’t be happier as someone who’s a POC who struggles with body image. The way her disability is discussed is fabulous too. It’s realistic, and Chloe isn’t ashamed. Her family and Red support her. Also, I liked how the abusive relationship was handled. It shows Red working through his issues and making steps to heal himself. I think more books need to bring up that men can be abused too. I can’t rave enough about the representation in this book. Seriously, it’s so amazing please read this book.

I didn’t know what to expect when I started. I anticipated cute romance with British characters. But it’s so much better. Talia Hibbert writes realistic romance. She’s exactly what the romance world needs more of. I like the other romances like this, but as Talia’s bio says, “She writes sexy, diverse romances because she believes that people of marginalized identities need honest and positive representation.” Yes, so much this. I’ve never read such an amazing romance book in my life. I can’t wait for the next book in the series or to devour every book she’s ever written.

Ten Things My Cat Hates About You [Book Review/Blogtober]

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: 3/5 Stars

Format: Read via NetGalley

I picked this book up solely for the title. I can’t resist cats. I have two of my own I adore to pieces. So this one was super irresistible to me. I was ready… I was very prepared to love this book… and it was just okay. This story ended up falling below my expectations, and it was a little dull. I adore British rom com books, but this one didn’t live up to the ones I normally devour.

Clara wants to fall in love with the right man, but her cat Jasper scares away all the men she brings home. He’s just a picky cat, but she wants him to get along with whoever she ends up dating. She works as a curator in an art museum, but she is treated as someone who does all the simpleton work despite the fact she has a masters degree. The reason I mention the museum is because one night, Jasper leaves the house and causes someone on a bike to crash in front of the house. It’s dark so she doesn’t really see who the man is nor does he see her. He just gets upset about his research being ruined, and he grumbles about the cat. The next day, Clara is at work when she sees the man again. Of course he doesn’t know who she is, but she stops to speak to him and kisses him by accident? It’s kind of odd, but I just accepted this weird occurrence.

She doesn’t tell him who she is, but it’s okay because there’s a new guy named Josh who Jasper actually likes. So clearly this is the man for Clara. After all, she was told by her best friend to get a man Jasper approves of. So it’s just her dating Josh, but he says they are just having fun. The professor is just a work colleague and won’t possibly grow into anything more. But of course the book is just written this way to make it seem like there’s a love triangle when there’s not. It was clear to me she was going to end up with the professor from the start… I don’t know why Josh was placed in the story, except as some type of filler for drama. It didn’t really work well.

This isn’t a bad book… it just wasn’t amazing. There’s also Clara having a brother who lives with her and the reason why is unknown for a long time, she seems to have an odd relationship with her best friend, and she constantly complains about she doesn’t fit in the field she works in even though she has a masters degree. The book was a little whiny and boring at times. I did skim the last 30% to see if it was going to get better, but it was rather predictable. I don’t know why I did not stop reading, I guess I was just determined to finish it.

I was given an ARC via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Until I rant about books again,

The Girl’s Guide To Homemaking by Amy Miller [Mini Review]

Genre: Romance

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Format: Ebook via NetGalley

Thank you to the publisher, Bookouture and NetGalley for the advanced review copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Juliet wants the perfect life, and she thinks she’s found it with Simon. They are living together and now all of the unhappiness of her childhood can be erased. Until they are lying in bed and Simon calls her by their previous roommate’s name. Juliet has found her life is now falling apart, and she has no clue what she is going to do.

I liked this book a lot because it’s so sweet. Juliet is an awesome narrator who made me want to keep reading. The story is also more than just romance. It has layers, which makes me even more invested in a book. There’s the story of Juliet and her broken family and its impact on her. The relationship she had with her grandmother. Juliet has a best friend and they have an amazing friendship. The story is multifaceted, and I longed to keep reading because I cared. When a book causes me to care, this is when I know it’s worth my time. I became invested in Juliet dealing with her breakup, navigating a life without Simon, a letter where she finds out her mother had a secret, and so much more.

Amy Miller has a talent for writing a book the reader can get lost in. I’m so glad I picked up this book, and I highly look forward reading more of her work in the near future.

Until I rant about books again,

Privileged by Carrie Aarons [Review]

Privileged by Carrie Andrews Genre: Romance, Young Adult Rating: 3/5 Stars Format: Read on Kindle Unlimited. Synopsis: In a world of wealth and power, the rules of love and war are nothing as they seem.

Nora Randolph never wanted a life of luxury. But when her mother falls in love with the heir to the British throne, their small-town lives are uprooted and every little girl’s fantasy becomes her reality. All too quickly, she learns the dangers of running in circles with the world’s elite, especially when she attracts the attention of Winston Academy’s resident golden boy.

Asher Frederick has known nothing but favor and fortune. The son of London’s most influential family, his future has been written in stone since infancy. But a tragic childhood loss redirects his course, and revenge has been boiling in his blood for years. When innocent and unaware Nora lands in his path, it’s as if the universe hands him the ammunition to finally drag his enemy through the mud.

But as his plan for vengeance gets more twisted, so do his feelings for Nora. And as her immersion into the upper crust dives deeper, she struggles to keep the secret she’s been guarding for eighteen years.

Heavy lies the crown, and when the ultimate betrayal blindsides her, will either of them survive the consequences that come crashing down on their heads?
This was a suggestion from Stephanie from Steph’s Romance Book Talk. Check her out on YouTube. She makes great videos! I love books about the rich and elite. Gossip Girl was one of my favorite book series when I was a teen. I also went through a phase where I was obsessed with British culture. Bearing these things in my mind, I expected to love this book. This didn’t happen, and I’m disappointed because I placed high expectations on the book which fell really flat.

There’s a book which takes place in the same universe, and I’m hoping I do enjoy it more. I even picked up a different book by Carrie Aarons because I believe I will like her other writing. Aarons can write romance well. Nora and Asher have this chemistry between them right from the start. Even though Asher wants to destroy Nora, he also seems to have a genuine curiosity in getting to know her much better. Nora is adjusting from being the daughter of a single mother to becoming royalty. Asher wants to ruin Nora because her step dad is the reason his mother is dead. There’s already a lot of tension between the pair. Nora is suddenly attending this fancy private school and living the jet set life. Asher has been privileged all his life so he plans to have fun with Nora before he crushes her heart and gets the revenge he wants so badly. Asher has a group of friends who he hangs out with, constantly getting into trouble and being teenagers. Nora is welcomed into this group, but she also knows they look down on her. There’s also Nora’s mother and stepfather who are planning a wedding while Asher’s father wants the family destroyed. Many events are happening to the pair, and it’s clear someone is going to get hurt no matter what.

Nora and Asher grow closer, but he’s only doing it because his father wants him to destroy Nora. Of course, he has feelings for her but doesn’t want to think about those when he wants the revenge for his mother even more than he craves Nora. She is happy getting close to him because she believes this will be a chance for her to fall in love, shedding her innocence and becoming a new person. Their friends know they are involved, but they both deny being a couple in the beginning because Asher is too much of a player to settle down.

Nora and Asher are spending more time together. Nora has feelings for him, but Asher convinces himself he doesn’t really feel the same for her. Asher is focused on wanting the chance to confront Nora’s step dad to share how he ruined a family.

So there’s a few issues I had with this book. It’s written in present tense, but it would switch to past tense in the same sentence. This got on my nerves so badly because I want to know why the author could not make the effort to double check her work and make sure the tenses match. It really threw me off because it doesn’t sound right when reading, and I hope someone tells Aarons she should fix this issue because it made the book harder for me to enjoy. This is literally the main reason I didn’t like the book as much.

My other issue… Nora keeps talking about how she was looked at weird in her hometown and people saw her different because of her ability. Since this was referred to in such a vague way, I kind of expected her to have a superpower. I thought she was going to be a witch or something. Turns out, she’s just a genius. And part of Mensa. Honestly, it’s just mentioned like hey I’m a genius. It’s a personality trait for her, and it didn’t really add anything to the story so I’m wondering why it was needed. Maybe the author was trying to show Nora is special, but I just see it as the character is a genius and it adds nothing to the plot. Okay then.

It’s kind of meant to be enemies to lovers. But it’s just Asher wanting revenge and Nora thinking Asher is amazing. I didn’t really buy the royal family aspect because I thought they had rigid rules, and it seems like Nora has a lot of freedom to do what she wants. I may be wrong, but I was pretty sure its inaccurate.

Asher ends up trying to get his revenge, but it just seems so rushed. He goes from I hate Nora to maybe I like her to let’s ruin her whole family. Then after he tells her step father what’s going on, the step father is just sad and is like your mother would not want you to be like this… so it’s not even dramatic. Just a life lesson where Asher and Nora fall apart.

So, I guess my takeaway is Nora is a genius and Asher is a broken man who needs to fix himself. The tension between them is great. I love how they interact and are written. I just hated how it seemed so rushed.

Nora and Asher do get their happy ending. Of course. It’s just weird the epilogue was after the book ended? I’m going to read the standalone novel in the same universe, and I’m hoping I like it more than this one.

I would say if you like books like Gossip Girl, try this one out. But beware of how annoying the tense changes are. I couldn’t get over them, and I still can’t. It’s definitely a YA read, but the author does write well. I’m planning to read Aarons other works, and I’ll make a better informed decision about my thoughts on the author.

Until I rant about books again,

First Line Fridays [September 20]

This is my first time doing this so please bear with me if I’m bad at it!

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

Here’s the first few lines:

Everyone had their dirty little secret, and Darla Michaels fully intended to keep hers under wraps. She cinched the belt on her trench coat, pulled a long brunette wig over her short black hair, slipped on her Jackie O sunglasses, and climbed out of her cherry-red Mercedes roadster, which she’d parked across the street in case anyone she knew happened to drive by.

What book is this from?!! 🤔🤔🤔🤔

.

.

.

.

.

Blurb:

When the beloved Farm Café in Topaz Falls burns to the ground, widow Darla Michaels comes up with the perfect plan to help her friends rebuild — a Cowboy Christmas Festival complete with a sexy bachelor auction and a benefit rodeo. But to pull it off, she has to pretend to be engaged to Ty Forrester, the irresistible bull rider who keeps testing her keep-things-casual policy.


A fake fiancée wasn’t on Ty’s Christmas list this year, but it’s the only way to get his family to visit over the holidays so his NFL-star brother can draw more tourists to the festival. The engagement wouldn’t be such a problem if Ty wasn’t starting to have real feelings for Darla. Knowing he can’t go on pretending, Ty prepares to tell his family the truth-but then he and Darla discover a precious little Christmas surprise that just might help them embrace a whole new life together.

This book is being released on October 29th so be sure to check it out if you enjoy Christmas stories and cowboys. And check back around then for my full review. I’m currently reading this book and enjoying it so far. Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley.

If you’re interested in reading this book, preorder through Amazon.

Until I rant about books again,

Is Kindle Unlimited Worth It? [To me, yes!]

I enjoy reading as much as I can. I love going to the library and getting a big stack of books. I love choosing a book off my shelf and getting lost in a story. That being said, I haven’t had time to go to the library and I have a few piles of unread books on my shelf. Or near my shelf. Don’t ask. But I also have a five and a half month old which sometimes leaves less room to read books easily. Hence, I’ve been using the Kindle app on my phone and iPad. I also use Libby, but I don’t love the romance choices my library has to offer right now. So when I was given a chance to sign up for two months of Kindle Unlimited for just 99 cents, I said hell yes.

What’s the appeal of Kindle Unlimited for me?

  • I don’t have to buy the books
  • I can check out up to 10 books at one time
  • I can read on my phone or iPad and whisper sync keeps me right where I left off.
  • There’s so many romance choices.
  • Ebooks are easier for me right now with the baby, and I just really love ebooks.

The other nice things about Kindle Unlimited so you can just cancel at any time. So if I decide I’m not using it enough, I can just let it go. Then again, I can pick it back up if I miss it too much. I also have Prime, but I haven’t looked into Prime Reading or Kindle First yet. I’m just too excited about the books I’ve got to read from Kindle Unlimited. I currently do have ten books out because I’m insatiable, but I just wanted to share a few I’m most excited about from what I’ve added to my KU library

Book one of The Mavericks series by Max Monroe. This was a cover pick, but I did enjoy her book My Brothers Billionaire Best Friend so I am anticipating this will be another fun read. Just with athletes instead, and I never mind a good sports book.

Privileged by Carrie Aarons was suggested to me by Steph from Steph’s Romance Book Talk, and you can find her YouTube channel here. She’s awesome, and she reads a lot of romance so if you want awesome romance books in your life, check out her channel.

Chandler Ainsley did an enemies to lovers recommendation video on her channel, and this book was on the list. She said it was a problematic book, but she didn’t care and enjoyed the book. You should check out her channel in general and because she does Kindle Unlimited recommendation videos as well.

These are the books I’m most excited to read on Kindle Unlimited. I have just started Privileged, and I’m hoping this helps to get me out of this reading slump.

This post was inspired by Bree from Falling From Romance talking about her own journey with KU. Find her post here.

I’m pretty sure I’ll be sticking with KU and reading so much romance. If you have any KU recommendations, let me know. I’m always open to more.

Until I rant about books again,

Weekly Wrap-Up #2 [September 8-14]

I didn’t read a lot this past week. I still need to catch up on some eARCs on NetGalley. I did get all of the ones I needed done on time though. It’s nice way to watch my percentage go up instead of fall though. I did kind of make a poor choice, and I requested 26 romance books on NetGalley. I was approved for three. Guess we’ll see what happens with the others.

Here are all the books I read this week, complete with what Ethan thinks each of them are about.

What Ethan thinks this book is about: Groupie chick falls in love with rockstar. He dumps her and she gets mad.

My rating and thoughts: 3 stars.

It’s been done before. The trope of bad boy and good girl. I don’t mind the brothers best friend trope, that’s one of my favorite ones. I’m just tired of smart girl suddenly becomes enamored with the hot dude who is right down the hall from her. That’s exactly what this story is.

Haley moves in with her brother and his best friend. The best friend is named Cade and he is a man whore. He sleeps with a lot of women. Of course, he’s mean at first to Haley but eventually gets attached to her. However, Haley has a boyfriend named Adam. He is the nice guy, but he wears a lot of cologne.

But of course Adam is a bad dude and Cade saves the day so Haley is like, I’m going to fall in love with Cade. Of course, there’s more to the story but I don’t want to discuss spoilers.

The parts of the story I highlighted were about how perfect Cade was and how sexy. There was a lot about smells. I’m not sure if Haley is just like a blood hound but she was so obsessed with Adams cologne and then how Cade smelled. One specific line was, I can smell that fresh scent. I would be happy if this is the only scent I ever smell again. I’m not sure why it bothered me so much, but there was way too much about olfactory references.

The smut aspect of the book wasn’t bad, but it didn’t appeal to me too much in this story.

This author just wasn’t for me. This would work well for someone just starting out reading new adult or doesn’t mind the same old tropes overly done. I did enjoy how Cade was written. The ending just seemed rushed. Also, do not read the synopsis of the second book unless you want spoilers.

What Ethan thinks this book is about: Two really depressed drug addicts in recovery meet in halfway house and they relapse at the end and die. My rating and thoughts: 4 stars.

Jess and Alex have a fair amount of parallels in their lives. Both are dealing with the loss of loved ones, career changes, and living in London. It’s a new start for each. Both are determined to lead their own lives and avoid relationships since they both had prior ones end poorly. So they resolve to be friends. They are also living in a shared house with a no couples rule… of course they aren’t going to fall in love, right?

This book contains a lot of cute elements. Jess loves romantic movies and has this sweet relationship with her grandmother. Jess was raised by her grandmother and even posts on Instagram so she can see her granddaughters life in London. It’s a cute story, but it’s more of a friendship between Jess and Alex most of the time. It’s a really slow burn Christmas romance, I suppose.

Overall, a super cute story. I really like how it describes London so well. I would recommend this for anyone who wants a quick, sweet romance with a little bit of holiday. I would read more from this author.

What Ethan thinks the book is about: Story about the Dalmatian and how he likes winter and snow.

My rating: 3 stars. You can find my full review here.


Well. This was my week in reading. Feels good to have some of my NetGalley books caught up. I’m feeling good with my September Swoons Reads. I’m so excited to share those with you at the end of the month. How’s your wrap up for the week looking? Or how about just your Reads so far since September is halfway over ? (!!!)

Until I rant about books again,

Let It Snow by Sue Moorcroft [Review]

Let It Snow by Sue Moorcroft

Published September 26, 2019 by AvonBooks UK.

I gave this book 4/5 Stars

Synopsis: This Christmas, the villagers of Middledip are off on a very Swiss adventure… 

Family means everything to Lily Cortez and her sister Zinnia, and growing up in their non-conventional family unit, they and their two mums couldn’t have been closer.

So it’s a bolt out of the blue when Lily finds her father wasn’t the anonymous one-night stand she’d always believed – and is in fact the result of her mum’s reckless affair with a married man.

Confused, but determined to discover her true roots, Lily sets out to find the family she’s never known; an adventure that takes her from the frosted, thatched cottages of Middledip to the snow-capped mountains of Switzerland, via a memorable romantic encounter along the way…

Thank you NetGalley and Avon Books UK for the review copy. This is my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Just hearing the title of the book evokes melodies of the popular Christmas song this book is titled after. This is actually a book in a larger series, which I didn’t know when I requested the book. So this book is about Lily and Issac in the village of Middledip.

I’m not sure how many books are in the series. It seems like there’s a whole world built, and I’m missing pieces because I haven’t read the other parts of the series. Despite this, the book is still a lot of fun to read. Sue Moorcroft knows how to write romance with layers. Let It Snow is just not a simple fluff romance by any means. Lily and Issac are both are fulfilled people outside of their romance story. Lily comes from a family of two mothers and her family has been struggling since her mom revealed Lily was the result of an affair with a man and her father has died. Issac is dealing with his feelings of failure because of the club he owned going under and closing down. Lily has moved to the village to try and get to know her half brother who doesn’t know she exists. This is also hurting her sister who feels like Lily is trying to get a new family and forgets about her old one. A huge part of the story is Lily trying to muster up the courage to tell her half brother who she really is, how to deal with her family possibly falling apart, and dealing with all of the changes in such a short time.

Lily works at her brothers pub and Issac is the manager since her brother is away due to his health. So this is where they are spending a lot of time with each other and getting to know each other. Lily thinks at first Issac is still with his ex Hayley, but this is a deeper story which comes into play later. Slowly, lily and Issac grow closer but they have no expectations because of their circumstances.

Lily thinks she could leave the village, and Issac wants to leave the hospitality industry. They both agree to just let things happen, with no promises of forever. It’s clear they are falling for each other, but lily is trying to deal with her own issues and Issac can’t see himself staying at this point.

I love how this story is complex. It’s not just about the romance. The side characters are fully developed. Lily and Issac each have a family they interact with and play a role in the story. It’s also a story about the village as well.

A lot of this romance is about becoming a part of a family, and I think Sue Moorcroft excels at showing how the village is a family along with the characters respective ones. It gave layers to the story and just enhanced the romance.

Lily is so sweet, and I love how Issac adores his dog, Doggo. Lily loves her family and just wants to know all of her family. Issac adores his dog and I just love animals a lot, ok? Issac and Lily grow together and as individuals so it’s awesome to see how they compliment each other. And I love how much of a build up there is to when they kiss. Just makes it better.

I love the happy ending, and this book gave me the one I wanted. But you a,so get to see how the village continues to grow and flourish. I’m so happy to have been able to read this Christmas romance, it makes me excited to pick up other books in the series. I could just lose myself in Christmas at Middledip so easily.

I would highly recommend this series. It’s not just escapist story. It’s complex and interesting. Of course I haven’t read the others so you may want to start at the beginning. But it still makes sense on its own.

Until I rant about books again,