Winner Takes All. Erin Kern. 2016. Forever. 384 pages. [Source: ARC provided courtesy of NetGalley.] As the first installment in a new “Championship Valley”series, Winner Takes All does not disappoint.  Blake is disgraced, begrudingly retired football star who’s return to his hometown with one season to turn around a high-school football team’s losing record.  Annabelle is a control-freak physical therapist who refuses ...

Not Quite Perfect. Catherine Bybee. 2016. Montlake Romance. 332 pages. [Source: ARC provided courtesy of NetGalley.] In full disclosure, I’m a huge fan of the Not Quite Series from Catherine Bybee. Book 5, “Not Quite Perfect,” continues by focusing on psychology Mary Kildare and her strained history relationship with Glen Fairchild — at least, it would be a relationship if either of them would make the first move. There...

Switched. Cassie Mae. 2013. Flirt. 262 pages. [Source: ARC provided courtesy of NetGalley.] Kayla only has eyes for Talon. Too bad he’s in love with her best friend Reagan. Poor Wesley, who rounds out the group of friends, because he wants to be with Reagan. Unrequited love hurts, but it’s also messy with these four. Instead of watching from afar, Kayla and Wesley team up to make their dreams come true … the question is wheth...

  The Night Children. Sarah Tsiang. Delphine Bodet, ill. 2011. Annick Press. 32 pages. [Source: ARC provided courtesy of NetGalley.] It’s no surprise that kids suffer from FOMO (fear of missing out). This book is a cute imagining of what happens once kids are tucked away in beds each night. The Night Children causing mischief in neighborhoods each evening once kids having to go home is a creative and humorous take on what comes with...

Along Came Trouble. Erin Kern. 2013. Forever. 432 pages. [Source: ARC provided courtesy of NetGalley.] Fate works in mysterious ways. When Elisa is hired ​for a photo shoot to boost a struggling ​​restaurant ​’s shaky reputation, she didn’t ​imagine she’d had to interact with its​ smug, yet hot,​ manager, Brody, very much after the fact. ​So she she agrees to babysit her neighbor Kelly’s son, she’s understandably ...

Winner Takes All

Winner Takes All. Erin Kern. 2016. Forever. 384 pages. [Source: ARC provided courtesy of NetGalley.] As the first installment in a new “Championship Valley”series, Winner Takes All does not disappoint.  Blake is disgraced, begrudingly retired football star who’s return to his hometown with one season to turn around a high-school football team’s losing record.  Annabelle is a control-freak physical therapist wh...

The Things We Wish Were True

The Things We Wish Were True. Marybeth Mayhew Whalen. 2016. Lake Union Publishing. 290 pages. [Source: Kindle First Reads] Have you ever read something that can only be described as being on the tracks when a slow-motion train wreck is about to happen? The constant feeling of “it’s going to happen, I can’t stop it, and it’s going to be really bad” gripped me while I read The Things We Wish Were True, but...

With a Twist

With a Twist. Staci Hart. 2015. Promise Socks Publishing. 386 pages. [Source: Kindle Unlimited]. This is a cute enough story about a group of friends and their trials/tribulations in love.  It focuses on professional ballerina Lily as she navigates what she hopes will be a whirlwind romance with her longtime crush and fellow  principal dancer Blane (insert dreamy eyes here).  Sadly, all that glitters is not gold, and she’s stuc...

Not Quite Perfect

Not Quite Perfect. Catherine Bybee. 2016. Montlake Romance. 332 pages. [Source: ARC provided courtesy of NetGalley.] In full disclosure, I’m a huge fan of the Not Quite Series from Catherine Bybee. Book 5, “Not Quite Perfect,” continues by focusing on psychology Mary Kildare and her strained history relationship with Glen Fairchild — at least, it would be a relationship if either of them would make the first m...

Maybe Baby

Maybe Baby. Andrea Smith. 2014. Meatball Taster Publishing. 500 pages. [Source: Personal copy obtained through Kindle Unlimited.] I wanted to like this book, but it fell short in a lot of ways for me. The premise was intriguing for me – Tylar has a strained relationship with a mom who was more interested in her own romantic life than the well-being of her child; her father was never in the picture. Now, she’s on her own a...