The Measure of Home by Krista Sandor Review + Giveaway

 

 

Title: The Measure of Home
Series: Langley Park #4
Author: Krista Sandor
Genre: Romantic Suspense/Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 15, 2019
Blurb
How much would you give up for your dreams?
Monica Brandt doesn’t have money or power. Beauty is her only currency. She dreams of leaving her grandmother’s bakery in Langley Park and traveling the world as a model.
Then she meets Gabe Sinclair.
They promise to build a life together, but when offered a chance to model abroad, she chooses her dream over love.
Years later and near penniless, a terrifying event forces her to return home and confront the man she abandoned. Despite their complicated past, passion burns hot between them.
But Monica didn’t come home empty-handed. She has something dangerous people want. Something that could get her killed.
Can she trust Gabe to keep her safe after she broke his heart or will their tortured past tear them apart?
The Measure of Home is a steamy, second chance, small-town romance with no cheating, a swoon-worthy celebrity chef, and a happily ever after as sweet as you can imagine. Get ready to turn up the heat with Gabe Sinclair.

 

My review:

Monica and Gabe fall in love as teenagers while working together in Monica’s grandmother’s bakery, after having have had crushes on each other for years, neither realizing the other felt the same way. They have plans to escape the town together after college, and Monica will pursue her dream of being a model. On the night of her 18th birthday, though, she is unexpectedly offered the chance to live her dream *now*, offer expiring in a matter of hours. Combined with some devastating news she receives, Monica takes the chance and goes, leaving notes for both Gabe and her Oma. Heartbroken, Gabe accepts Oma’s proposal to go to New York to be a chef apprentice with a friend of hers there.
Fast forward several years, and Monica’s once flourishing career has floundered. Evicted, she results to filling in for her sick friend as paid eye candy at a party, hoping to make some business contacts. When she is witness to a crime, she flees the party and decides to return home to Kansas. In the meantime, Gabe has become a world famous chef, with his own restaurant and being courted by a food network for his own show. After losing his temper with guests in his restaurant and going viral in the worst way, he returns home to Kansas for his cousin’s wedding.
Monica and Gabe have a lot to overcome, but have a project uniting them – Oktoberfest in Kansas, Oma’s labor of love. But can they overcome their histories and have a happily ever after?
What I liked: So much. Monica. Gabe. Oma. Monica and Gabe as teenagers were good, but as adults they are fire. They both needed the years to grow into who they needed to be. I liked the various storylines, too.
What I didn’t like: There is just one thing that I kept questioning. However, I can’t say what it is because spoilers (read that word in your best River Song voice for the full effect). But I will say that there was a heck of a coincidence and voices should have been recognized.
Overall: Great read. So many different emotions.
Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥
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Author Bio
If there’s one thing Krista Sandor knows for sure, it’s that romance saved her. After she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2015, her world turned upside down. During those difficult first days, her dear friend sent her a romance novel. That kind gesture provided the escape she needed and ignited her love of the genre. Inspired by the strong heroines and happily ever afters, Krista decided to write her own romance series. Today, she is an MS Warrior and living life to the fullest. When she’s not writing, you can find Krista running 5Ks and chasing after her growing boys in her adopted home of Denver, Colorado.
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Available Now: That Wild Player by Nadia Lee + Giveaway

 

Title: That Wild Player
Author: Nadia Lee
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Romantic Comedy
Release Date: January 15, 2019

 

Blurb
I’m a good girl. I work hard, follow the rules, and only want a future with Mr. Right, complete with a white picket fence, 1.5 children and a dog.
What do I have instead? A “Dear Jane” email from my ex, who CCd it to my best friends and their fiancés. My friends realizing that I’ve never had an orgasm is the cherry on the train-wreck cake of my love life.
So my new plan? Find a nice guy who can give me an orgasm before my best friend’s wedding.
Enter CJ. Not only is he tall, rich and scorching hot, but he’s super smart. He makes me tingle in places I’ve never tingled before. He checks all my boxes but one- commitment. He thinks that’s what you do when you run out of women, which in his universe is NEVER.
But he wants me and won’t take no for an answer. He pops up as best man at my friend’s wedding, at my office, in my home. He’s sending me flowers, chocolates, coffee beans, you name it. Plus he kisses like he invented theaction. It’s like he knows all my weaknesses and is launching a siege.
Then my life implodes, and I learn that being good is overrated. Can the wild player handle this former good girl?

My review:

Michelle wants a happily ever after, house in the suburbs complete with white picket fence, kids, and adoring husband. After getting dumped via group “reply all” email she decides to just date around. CJ seems like the perfect guy, except he’s seen her at her worst. And he is anti-commitment. He thinks Michelle is as jaded about marriage as he is, because she has a part time second job as a honeypot for a local PI. Once they start hooking up, though, things change for both of them.

What I liked: Michelle, for the most part. And I loved her friendships with Jan and Sammi. I liked CJ sometimes – it took a while. The book was entertaining, though.

What I didn’t like: It took a LONG time to like CJ. He just didn’t resonate with me in the beginning. But what really bugged me was the ending. Was what he did sweet and romantic and thoughtful? Definitely. But the instantaneous 180 in attitude from Michelle left me scratching my head. Give him a chance? Sure. But for them to go from sleeping together a couple times, to barely speaking, right to declarations of love was off-putting. I could easily see it happening in the future but the timeline here was rushed.

Overall: A funny, entertaining book worth reading. I enjoyed it but didn’t love it.

Rating: ♥♥♥1/2

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Author Bio
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Nadia Lee writes sexy,
emotional contemporary romance. Born with a love for excellent food, travel and
adventure, she has lived in four different countries, kissed stingrays, been
bitten by a shark, ridden an elephant and petted tigers.
Currently, she shares a condo overlooking a small river and sakura
trees in Japan with her husband and son. When she’s not writing, she can be
found reading books by her favorite authors or planning another trip.
Stay in touch with her via her website, http://www.nadialee.net, or her
blog http://www.nadialee.net/blog

 

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Hosed by Pippa Grant and Lili Valente

 

 

Title: Hosed
Authors: Pippa Grant & Lili Valente

Genre: Contemporary Romance/Romantic Comedy

 Release Date: January 15, 2019

Blurb

 

The world’s sexiest firefighter is about to get a second chance with the virgin next door…
He’s bossy, arrogant, and so ridiculously hot he should come with a warning label and a pair of flame retardant coveralls.
He’s also the boy who broke my heart when we were in high school.
I want to move in next door to Ryan O’Dell the way I want to be the virgin gamer geek suddenly in charge of running my sister’s sex toy factory. Too bad both are written in my stars.
Yeah, I’m the world’s oldest virgin code-writing nerd. 
And he’s the world’s hottest firefighter. 
And even though he intimidates the heck out of me, I can’t seem to control my libido when he’s around.
Where is my dignity? My self-respect? My panties?
Seriously…. Have you seen them? Anyone?
Maybe they’re hiding in his bedroom. With my heart.
Yeah, I know. I’m hosed.  
So hosed.
Hosed is a steamy, fun romantic comedy between a firefighter and the virgin nerd next door, complete with a pet raccoon, scandalous gossip, and dildo football. (No, really.) This romance has no cheating or cliffhangers, and ends with a banging hot happily ever after.

 

My review:

Firefighter Ryan responds to a fire at the local adult toy factory in his small town of Happy Cat. The owner, former child star Savannah, is away and her game developer sister Cassie is in charge in her absence. She is super uncomfortable with all the products, and can’t even bring herself to say the words. She recognizes Ryan right away as the guy who broke her heart in high school and vows to stay away from him. He can’t believe how much she has changed, has no idea he broke her heart, and is determined to go out with her. Throw in a clingy, kleptomaniac raccoon named George Cooney, an ex brother in law who likes sheep a little too much, and an arsonist, and life in this small Alabama town is anything but boring.

What I liked: This was hilarious! All the humor, dialogue, and “that just happened?!” you’d expect from a Pippa Grant book. Cassie is brilliant and hard working – she has to be in order to do her regular job remotely while keeping her sister’s company from going under despite heavy opposition from the conservative townspeople. Ryan is a good guy, too. He is locked into “protector” mode all the time, whether it’s for Cassie, his brothers, or the people in his town.

What I didn’t like: I can’t really think of anything

Overall: Hilarious. Sweet. Ryan and Cassie are adorable.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥

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Pippa Grant

Pippa Grant is a stay-at-home mom and housewife who loves to escape into sexy, funny stories way more than she likes perpetually cleaning toothpaste out of sinks and off toilet handles. When she’s not reading, writing, sleeping, or trying to prepare her adorable demon spawn to be productive members of society, she’s fantasizing about chocolate chip cookies.

Lili Valente
Lili Valente has slept under the stars in Greece, eaten dinner at midnight with French men who couldn’t be trusted to keep their mouths on their food, and walked alone through Munich’s red light district after dark and lived to tell the tale. 
 
These days you can find her writing in a tent beside the sea, drinking coconut water and thinking delightfully dirty thoughts.