The Key to Happily Ever After by Tif Marcelo

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Blurb:

All’s fair in love and business.

The de la Rosa family and their wedding planning business have been creating happily ever afters in the Washington, DC area for years, making even the most difficult bride’s day a fairytale. But when their parents announce their retirement, the sisters—Marisol, Janelyn, and Pearl—are determined to take over the business themselves.

But the sisters quickly discover that the wedding business isn’t all rings and roses. There are brides whose moods can change at the drop of a hat; grooms who want to control every part of the process; and couples who argue until their big day. As emotions run high, the de la Rosa sisters quickly realize one thing: even when disaster strikes—whether it’s a wardrobe malfunction or a snowmageddon in the middle of a spring wedding—they’ll always have each other.

Perfect for fans of the witty and engaging novels of Amy E. Reichert and Susan Mallery, The Key to Happily Ever After is a fresh romantic comedy that celebrates the crucial and profound power of sisterhood.

My review:

This was an enjoyable book that drew me in from the beginning. It’s the story of three adult sisters, Mari, Jane, and Pearl, who have taken over their mother’s wedding planning business upon her retirement. Mari, being the oldest, takes on the CEO role. Pearl, the youngest, feels stifled because Mari won’t let her take on a bigger role despite her equal ownership. All three sisters have to learn how to balance work, family, and relationships when everything is so closely intertwined it’s difficult to see where one ends and the other begins.

Mari, Jane, and Pearl are three distinct personalities. Their business is successful, but has coasted along on reputation and word of mouth for too long. The sisters are divided on everything from how to save the business, what roles they should fill, and where their place is in their world. There is a bit of romance in the story, but this is not a romance novel. It’s the story of sisterhood and knowing who has your back no matter what.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

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About the author:

TMarcelo

Tif believes in and writes about heart-eyes romance, the strength of families, and the endurance of friendship. A veteran Army Nurse with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Public Administration, she is a craft enthusiast and food-lover. As a military spouse, she has moved nine times, and this adventure shows in some of her free-spirited characters. Tif currently lives in the DC area with her own real life military hero and four children. The Journey to the Heart series is her debut series, with forthcoming women’s fiction novels THE KEY TO HAPPILY EVER AFTER to be released in May 2019 and ONCE UPON A SUNSET in 2020.

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Royal Catch by Kylie Gilmore Review + Giveaway

 

Title: Royal Catch

Series: The Rourkes #1

Author: Kylie Gilmore
Genre: Steamy Romantic Comedy
Release Date: May 14, 2019

 

Blurb

 

A gruff prince in need of a wife
A commoner impersonating a princess
And a bridal competition gone terribly awry…
Gabriel
I am the crown prince of Villroy, heir to a kingdom, bound by duty to marry and produce an heir.
I expected a quiet arrangement through royal channels, instead I got a palace full of
women vying for my hand. And how do they “win” this barbaric game set up by my
crafty mother? By figuring out how to save the kingdom’s faltering economy
through a series of challenges. This undignified circus is beneath a man of my
stature! Proof being that a saucy, ill-mannered woman wearing body-hugging
clothes is in the lead. I could never love someone like that, let alone marry
her.
Anna
The plan sounded simple.
I pose as my friend, pick up her inheritance, and return with the cash to keep her out of jail. (Apparently, being a princess in hiding is no excuse for identity theft.)
So, yeah, I’m not exactly royal. I’m an orphan, a self-made woman, and proud of
it. Suddenly I’m in a battle royale with a bunch of crazy competitive women for
“riches beyond our dreams.” I’m in a time crunch, which means I need to win
this competition fast. Only, that means winning over the judge; the smoldering
hot grim-faced Gabriel. And now I find myself wanting to compete for more than
just the money. But could a royal prince ever fall for a commoner like me?

My review

This book was so much fun! Sweet, funny, and entertaining, I couldn’t put it down. Anna is pretending to be her distant cousin Polly, princess of a small Caribbean country who is in hiding, running away from an arranged marriage to a scary older man. Anna has traveled to the European island country of Villroy to claim a small inheritance promised to Polly and use that to both save Polly and pay for her dying foster father’s nursing care. She is shocked to learn that instead of a promised inheritance, she is there to compete against nine other princesses for the prize of marrying Prince Gabriel – who is just as surprised to learn of this competition as she is.

The brash, loud American is everything the other princesses are not, but her feistiness and determination propel her through several rounds of competition. She is only in it for the money, however, and doesn’t want to give up her life and marry a stranger.

I loved Anna and Gabriel so much. She is the freshness he needs to deal with the serious life of ruling a country, and the circumstances under which he comes into that role. I laughed so much during this book. There is a beautiful passion, too. These two will leave you wanting more.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥

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Author Bio
Kylie Gilmore is the USA Today bestselling author of
the Rourkes series, the Happy Endings Book Club series, the Clover Park series,
and the Clover Park STUDS series. She writes humorous romance that makes you
laugh, cry, and reach for a cold glass of water. 
Kylie lives in New York with her family, two
cats, and a nutso dog. When she’s not writing, wrangling kids, or dutifully
taking notes at writing conferences, you can find her flexing her muscles all
the way to the high cabinet for her secret chocolate stash. 
Find out more about Kylie and upcoming books
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