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So, I read this book…Five Things I Love About You by Sarah Ballance

First let me start out with my disclaimer. lol I’m not a professional reviewer. Even though I’m an author, I also love to read. I read quite a bit and on occasion I like to share a book or novella that has really grabbed hold of me and share it with my blog friends. 

Today, I’d like to share a fun little novella from author Sarah Ballance titled Five Things I Love About You…which is a steal at .99!


Five Things I Love About You is such a fun story, but I should’ve known it would be because Sarah Ballance always has a way of pulling me into one of books with the dialogue, characters, and overall awesomeness. I can’t even begin to tell you how she is a master at weaving words together that just make you fall in love!

My favorite part of this story—besides the characters—was the yellow fanged cat who would just show up out of nowhere and somehow steal the scene. But his little part toward the end of the story melted my heart. I won’t go into detail because you should read this book yourself to discover all the little tidbits of amazingness.

Estelle comes to New York City from the sunny west coast to apartment sit her brother’s place. She’s not thrilled because she hates the city–how the people are rude, the sidewalks are dirty, and the overall stench. She ends up meeting a hunky neighbor who just happens to douse her with pickle juice and then come to her rescue when her air conditioner goes on the fritz. From the get go these two are attracted and between their conversations filled with sexual innuendo and the thoughts racing through their heads—about each other—this is a real page turner. Crosby–the hunky neighbor–is determined so show Estelle that the city has a lot to offer. He’ll find at least 5 things that she’ll love about city life.

Let the fun begin…

Being that they were from different ends of the continent, I was anxious to find out how they’d have their happily ever after. Would they end up having a long distance relationship…would he chuck in his business and leave it to his brothers and head west…or would she sell her house and move to the big city, or would they compromise and meet somewhere in the middle? I guess if you want to find out, you need to grab a copy of this fun novella and find the answer. This is the first book in a series about the Chase brothers, and I’m already in love with the men in this family. Looking forward to book 2!!!



Five things to love about NYC. But she only needs one…

California landscape artist Estelle Donovan hates big cities. Between the grime, the smell, all the drab concrete, and the suffocating summer heat, how can anyone breathe? Housesitting her brother’s New York apartment, complete with broken elevator and smoking air conditioner, is her kind of hell. It’s only for two weeks, though. What could possibly go wrong?

Dumping a jar of pickles on the hot girl at the grocery store wasn’t Crosby Chase’s finest hour, nor was getting bitten in the butt by the demonic cat on her fire escape. But he is going to change her mind about his beloved city, damn it. In fact, if they could just make it five minutes without falling into bed, he bets Estelle he can find five things she’ll love about New York.

Falling in love wasn’t part of his plan. And with an entire country between them, Crosby realizes he doesn’t need five reasons to make Estelle love New York.

He needs one big reason to make her stay…

Title: Five Things I Love About You
Series: Chase Brothers
Author: Sarah Ballance
Genre: Contemporary Romance, novella
Length: 160 pages
ISBN: 978-1-63375-337-2
Release Date: August 17, 2015
Imprint: Lovestruck

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Posted by on August 29, 2015 in Review, So...I read this book


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A little BACHELOR’S SPECIAL bragging

Happy Thursday!

I just have to share because I’m so excited…and whenever I’m excited I tend to ramble and talk/type fast–so I beg your forgiveness now for any typos I might overlook. teehee

Bachelor’s Special is my upcoming release with the Indulgence Line at Entangled Publishing and I’m so excited for this book to hit the virtual shelves. It’s already available on Barnes & Noble, Amazon and Kobo for preorder…but will officially release…

11 DAYS FROM TODAY…June 10, 2013

But, already I’m getting some wonderful reviews on Goodreads from readers who signed up for an ARC of my book. I thought I’d share a few snippets here.

The latest is a 4.5 star review from Storm Goddess Book Reviews and More…click here to check out the full review which posted today….SQUEE.

And here’s a few snippets from reviews posted on Goodreads…

From Brenda Massey: The romance between Chet and Jill is smoking hot, but at the same time they don’t trust each other. The book took a twist I wasn’t expecting but I loved it!

From Nicola: If you are after a well-written romantic read that is filled with sexual tension, wit and humour, has wonderful characters and a great storyline, then this ticks all the boxes. It was a pleasure to read.


With sexy and playful banter, laugh-out loud humour and touching moments along with those that tugged on the heartstrings, it was a book that I struggled to put down.

From Roxanne Kade: This book had everything that makes up a great romance read.
It was fun and light at times, with many sexy, sensual kisses. Throw in a bit of conflict, a few broken souls who constantly disregard their true feelings and it’s a match made in heaven.

From Sarah: Christine Warner does such a good job with this book. I like that she created a female character that had her own style. Through out the book we are given alternating perspectives which I like because you get to see where each character is at in the process. When a deal is made there are always 2 different sides and I like that we get to see both in this case. I look forward to more from this author.

Thanks for coming by to share my excitement and allowing me a little “brag” time.

And in closing, I’d like to share my blurb…


Jill Adgate wants three things from life: a successful catering business, a family, and the love of an exceptional man. What she has is no job, a mounting pile of bills, and her outspoken best friend—who sets her up on a blind date with the man who inadvertently ruined Jill’s life.

Chet Castle is a businessman who has everything, except the ability to trust. Burned by a money-hungry fiancée, he refuses to get involved in any relationship that has a shelf life longer than a head of lettuce.

Intrigued by her ambition—and determined to get her in bed—Chet offers Jill the chance of a lifetime: work as his live-in chef and he’ll help her get her catering business off the ground. When sparks fly in the kitchen, Jill realizes what’s cooking is a recipe for disaster…


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So…I read this book

Happy Tuesday!

Like so many others, I’m trying to balance many things in my life. I’ve found over the last few years, especially since I’ve started to write, that I’ve allowed certain indulgences of mine to fall to the side. My “me” time is even more limited 🙂 I’m not complaining at all, but I’ve decided it’s time for me to at least enjoy my love of reading again. Even if it takes me a week to read a book instead of a day or a few hours like it used to, I’m going to go for it. lol

So, every once in awhile, if I read a book that I particularly enjoyed I’m going to post my review and the book information so if any of my blog readers are interested they can check it out too.

Today, I’d like to share THE PRACTICE PROPOSAL by Tracy March.


The Practice Proposal is truly a well written story. This was the first book I’d read from the Bliss line which is an imprint from Entangled Publishing. I wasn’t sure about reading a story with closed door love scenes. I wondered if there would be enough tension and physical awareness between the characters to make their romance believable and exciting—well, let me tell you, I wasn’t disappointed in the least.

This is a sweet, sensual read. The characters are so well developed that I instantly bonded with both Cole and Liza. I enjoyed Cole’s character. His humor, his touching history, and the person he’d become from all he’d gone through in his past. His internals were so well done that I really got to know what made him tick. Liza is an amazing heroine to match Cole. She is strong, humorous, and secure. Definitely someone you’d want to name as your friend. Together, they had amazing chemistry. And even though I admit to crushing a bit on “Crush”—Cole’s nickname—I rooted for him and Liza to achieve their HEA.

Tracy March wove an interesting story with beautiful dialogue. Her descriptive writing style flowed smoothly and put me in each scene—and there were some amazing scenes. Kudos to the first date scene by the lake—kept me smiling, the scene at the cemetery—had me tearing up, and of course the baseball games—for someone like me who isn’t athletic-minded, I can tell you I had no problem following along.

I also wanted to mention that there were some wonderful secondary characters. I really liked Liza’s parents and her best friend Paige. Each scene they were in made me smile.

This story was natural and an easy, enjoyable read. I highly recommend it 🙂

Interested in this book?….here’s a short blurb, the cover and buy links 🙂 ENJOY!!!!

The Practice Proposal

a Suddenly Smitten series by Tracy March

Practice makes perfect, but can a fake romance lead to real love?

Liza Sutherland isn’t looking for love. Not from a charity-auction date she didn’t even bid on and especially not with Nationals first baseman Cole Collins, the guy she obsessed over as an awkward teenager. She won’t get involved with a notorious player, no matter how attractive Cole is.

Cole Collins is up for contract renegotiation, but after too many late-night parties, he’ll need some positive publicity before he can make the roster. His agent, Frank, pitches Liza as the perfect prop…only Cole didn’t account for Liza no longer being just a teenager with a crush. She’s gorgeous and smart and he’s instantly hooked.

When Frank makes Liza a deal she can’t refuse—a bet she will fall in love with Cole or a cool half mil goes to charity—the game is on. But neither bet on the real feelings that surface. Could a fake fling turn into an official forever?


Title: The Practice Proposal (Suddenly Smitten, #1)
Author: Tracy March
Genre: Contemporary
Length: 166 pages
Release Date: March 2013
Ebook ISBN: 978-1-62266-876-2
Imprint: Bliss


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A fun Novella I read last night…

So, I made it through another weekend at work and when I got home Sunday night I wanted to kick back and relax. Nothing interesting on TV, no movie I wanted to pop into the blu ray…so I picked up my Nook. As soon as I opened it the latest book I had purchased appeared. I’ll be honest, I’d completely forgotten I’d even made a recent purchase, but I do remember when I found THE VALENTINE CHALLENGE by Marisa Cleveland I thought the story sounded fun and cute. And, heck, for .99 I couldn’t go wrong…right?

So, I flicked it to the first page and started reading.

I read this novella in about an hour and it was a great way to spend my night. I relaxed as I got caught up in Stacey and Marsh’s story. When I finished I had that total “FEEL GOOD” feeling you have when you know the characters got their HEA!

So, I’m decided today I’d share. If anyone is looking for a quick read to pass the time during their lunch hour, or while they are waiting for the kids to get out of practice, or just need a little pick me up sometime throughout your day…this is your story.

I’m posting my little review and then all the info about the book…including where you can buy it.


I really enjoyed The Valentine Challenge. Loved Stacey and Marsh and especially enjoyed the quick dialogue. This story moved right along and didn’t disappoint. I won’t spoil anything, but I absolutely loved the ending…I’m still smiling. This is a keeper. I know for sure I’ll be revisiting this story again 🙂 Thanks for an hour well spent Marisa Cleveland!!!


Stacey Bradford believes in love, but when her hot boss, Marshall Royce, decides to close her best friend’s flower shop – days before Valentine’s Day! – Stacey declares war.

Intrigued by Stacey’s devotion to her friend, the hearts and flowers holiday, and belief in true love, Marsh issues a challenge – prove love exists or deliver the closing documents to her friend herself.

Stacey never could resist a challenge, but when Marsh makes Valentine’s Day the deadline for their deal, Stacey must decide how far she’s willing to go for love.



Title: The Valentine Challenge
Author: Marisa Cleveland
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 61 pages
Release Date: February 2013
ISBN: 978-1-62266-063-6
Imprint: Flirt


Posted by on April 15, 2013 in Entangled Publishing, Review


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