I have to admit, I loved this book. I stayed up overnight to finish it in one sitting because I just couldn’t put it down. Yes, it is syrupy sweet, but there was just something about this second chance romance that resonated with me. The characters were real, down to earth, and so completely relatable that I fell in love.
Gracie is a workaholic and the constant third wheel to her friends Keira and Nathan. Keira is definitely the one wearing the pants in her relationship with Nathan, supporting him as he tries to find a job as a fledgling filmmaker. When Nathan and his friend Mitch come up with a great idea to film a web series called “The Lost Art of…” they see an opportunity to make some easy money doing what they do best. The first few episodes they decide to focus on are things like spearfishing, but when Keira catches wind of their idea, she suggests they do an episode called The Lost Art of Tying a Bow Tie, a skill that Gracie has perfected. Problem is, the video would star Gracie and Mitch -- two people whom would much rather avoid each other at all costs instead of getting up close and personal on camera.
CAN THE ROLE OF A LIFETIME… Lacey Clark’s dreams of Hollywood stardom didn’t turn out quite the way she planned. Instead, her life is more of the daytime-drama variety: One of her actor ex-boyfriends fathered a child with another woman, and now, long story short, Lacey is the adopted single mother of his son. She takes little Henry with her to South Carolina to escape the film business but winds up working at a small movie studio, determined to do a good job both on set and at “home.” Only problem is she ends up sharing a house with movie star Beau Wilder, who is no role model for Henry—and only spells trouble for Lacey… LEAD TO A HAPPY ENDING?
She’s a survivor of the front lines of politics. He’s a wounded soldier returning home from the battlefield. Can they place their trust in the power of love?
In the cult classic film Dazed and Confused, Mathew McConaughey’s character says, “That’s what I love about these high school girls, man. I get older, they stay the same age…” Now, change that to “college boys” and that sums up my thoughts on this book. The beauty of book boyfriends is that it’s not at all creepy to lust after someone twenty years younger. See, I have entered a new era of my life, one in which I have officially reached cougar status…that said, I love Jason Leer. But first, let’s talk about Charlotte. Charlotte is a student at Rutgers University, majoring in business. She has loving parents and a supportive older brother. She’s back in her hometown over the summer break, and walking home alone one stormy night, wearing sexy, strappy sandals making… Continue
Brynn is celebrating her thirty-first birthday in a bathroom stall. Well, the party is outside, but she’s having a meltdown on a toilet seat after having been ambushed with a surprise party by her younger sister Sophie. This is not how Brynn had planned her life, still single and childless at thirty-one. She has made very rigid lists and goals of what she wants to complete and the timeline in which she wants it done. When her boyfriend fails to propose at the party and later breaks up with her, her meltdown grows to epic proportions as she tries to find her real happiness, not the happiness she had planned as the perfect orthodontist everyone knows her as. What will it take for Brynn to realize where her true happiness lies? Will it be too… Continue
Shooting Scars picks up right where Sins and Needles left off. Javier has taken Ellie against her will and Camden is left with his wife and son back in California. Both Ellie and Javier are left to analyze their feelings for each other and each wonder if there is still a chance for the two of them to reconnect. Ellie soon learns what Javier’s plans are for her and they’re not exactly the punishment she was expecting. She had assumed that he would want retribution for conning him and leaving, however he has bigger plans for her, all in the name of her exacting revenge on the man who wrecked her life, Travis. It remains unclear what Javier’s motivation is for Ellie to kill Travis. Camden is nearly killed when his ex-wife sets him up… Continue
Talia and Bran are back again in the second installment of Lia Riley’s Off the Map series. Talia has said goodbye to California and is headed to her new home in Australia to be with her boyfriend, Bran. Their reunion is everything they hoped it would be, but reality soon smacks them in the face when time flies and the expiration of Talia’s visa into the country is set to expire. When Bran comes up with an idea to keep her in the country, Talia begins to question just what it is she is looking for in her relationship with Bran, and whether or not she is willing to put her heart out on the line, or if she should sacrifice her happiness for the greater good. When the opportunity of a lifetime arises,… Continue
Evelyn has gone from having everything to having nothing in the wake of her father’s financial scandal. If that wasn’t bad enough, he commits suicide, leaving her on her own. Alone and nearly penniless, she works at a high-end nightclub as a waitress. It is there that she meets Mateo, a bouncer with a checkered past. Having spent time in jail for assault, he maintains an aura of mystery that both scares and excites Evelyn. Once learning the truth about Mateo’s history, versus the rumors circulating around the club, Evelyn decides to pursue a relationship with Mateo and soon finds that he is not at all how others perceive him. Evelyn is a college student, finishing up her nursing degree. She lives with her best friend Lourdes and works as much as she can, picking… Continue
Sam Waters is on the run from the law. He was indirectly involved in a domestic dispute between his girlfriend and her father and in order to deflect suspicion of her, he takes off with the intention of one day having her join him in his new life. Sam has gone from small town Duck Creek, VA to Nelson Island, an affluent island suburb of Charleston, South Carolina. He is working as a ranch hand for the Hopewell family until Mr. Hopewell, owner and CEO of Hopewell Enterprises offers to take Sam under his wing to learn the ropes of the company and become a part of the team. Sam finds that he is becoming more and more attached to his new life; with a new job, a new group of friends, and a change… Continue
Talia is a college student getting ready to graduate when she decides to take a semester abroad in Australia. What her family doesn’t know is that she’s not actually going to graduate due to being put on academic probation because of her grades. Not only is she leaving her school issues behind, but she’s leaving her broken family; her mom has fled to Hawaii and has filed for divorce and her father is left alone to go about his USGS job. The family was irreparably broken after the death of Talia’s sister, Pippa, just a year ago. Her time away from her family will serve to get her back on track, away from the triggers and memories that keep her from moving forward with her life. Bran has taken some time away from school after… Continue
This installment of Jane and Caleb’s story picks up right where Jane’s Melody ends. The two are living in Caleb’s little apartment, Caleb is working at a beer distribution center while playing shows in the evenings and on weekends, and Jane is trying to figure out where she fits into the entire equation. She is unemployed with no real prospects for work, especially in her given field. They live next door to a psycho neighbor with her equally psychotic dog, so even if she wasn’t tired of being stuck in the tiny apartment, she’s walking on eggshells trying not to disturb her neighbor. Will life in Austin really be what they both imagined it would be? What if Caleb never actually gets his big break? Unbeknownst to Caleb, Jane has entered him into a singer/song… Continue