The Beach by Sarah Linley


It should have been paradise. But it turned into hell…

It was supposed to be the perfect trip. Four friends, fresh out of university, backpacking around Thailand. But among the sun, sea and sand, something went horribly wrong…

In the years since, Holly has tried hard to push memories of that terrible summer from her mind. Now a schoolteacher, she believes her life is finally coming together when she meets Tom and his adorable five-year-old son, Jack.

But then, Holly starts receiving anonymous messages, showing photos which Holly was sure she destroyed years ago. Someone clearly knows the truth about what really happened. The only question is, how far will they go to get revenge?

My review:

This book captured me from the beginning. We first meet Holly leaving her boyfriend Tom’s house, after a lunchtime tryst and quickly learn she’s a schoolteacher in their village. On her way back to the school she witnesses a girl fall into the river and rescues her. The incident brings up memories of a tragic trip after college, and the story is told in alternating timelines – both present day, and also eight years ago in college and five years ago backpacking through Asia on their grand summer trip.

Holly finds herself with a stalker, suddenly receiving messages from fake accounts or burner phones, deliveries, letters left at her house, yet she is afraid of the consequences of the truth coming out of what happened on that trip so she keeps it quiet.

One thing that was different about this book than most other suspense novels is that we know who the stalker is from the beginning. But yet we still feel that chilling feeling of not knowing, because we don’t know what happened that night either.

There is so much sadness in this book – the horrific night five years previously broke up a group of best friends, destroyed lives, and left more than one family grieving the loss of their child. Yet there is also goodness – Holly’s rescue of Samantha, a family in crisis getting the help they so desperately need, a boy abandoned by his mother finding maternal love again, the support of a good friend.

The book is very well written. The descriptions were vivid without being wordy and burdensome, just enough to make me envision the scenery, feel the rain and the cold – or the heat in the case of the backpacking trip flashbacks. Ms Linley did a wonderful job of bringing these characters to life, and even causing us to feel compassion and empathy with the antagonist.

But then that epilogue…

Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

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Sarah Linley lives in Yorkshire and works as a Communications Manager for a housing charity.
She spent two years backpacking around South-East Asia with her husband. Their travels inspired her debut novel, The Beach.
When she is not writing, she enjoys walking in the Dales with her dad and his dog.


All Geek To Me by Allie York

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Welcome to Words for Nerds, the best comic book shop in the south, and the next
series from Allie York! Noralee was the ultimate nerd, she owned a comic book shop to
prove it and Wyatt’s life couldn’t be more hectic with being a cop and father. Does Wyatt
have what it takes to be Noralee’s real-life superhero? Fans of Teagan Hunter’s Texting
series will nerd out for this single dad, hot and fun romantic comedy.

Title: All Geek To Me
Author: Allie York
Release Date: February 13, 2020
Publisher: self-published
Series: Words for Nerds #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy



I, Noralee Reynolds, lead the ultimate nerd life. I own a comic shop, have a great group of
geeky friends to work with and wear a different cosplay every day. Since inheriting the family business I’ve had no time for a personal life of my own. Even if hosting a speed dating event makes me wish otherwise.

I, Wyatt Collins, lead a hectic life. As a single dad, I’ve only got time for two things – raising my son and being a cop. I wasn’t looking to cuff myself to anyone. Then I crossed paths with a nerdy comic shop owner who made me think twice.
Things are great until a little self-doubt has Noralee wanting to run away.

Can Wyatt convince her that he can be her real-life superhero?

My Review:

I adored this book. Noralee owns the comic book shop, Words For Nerds, that her parents founded and passed on to her once they retired. Wyatt is a cop responding to a robbery in the shop next door to Noralee’s. After a few encounters, both of them try to deny their attraction to the other. Noralee is happily single and not looking, and Wyatt is focused on his career and his four year old son Cruze. When the shop hosts a speed dating event,  Noralee makes a bet with her friends that he won’t show up. But he does. He SO shows up for her, in every way.

This book is full of amazing nerd references – Noralee dresses up as Captain Mal! She watches  Doctor Who every single night to go to sleep! And btw Wyatt gets sucked in exactly the same way I did several years ago.


She dresses up as all her fandoms and OWNS it. Both characters are so relatable, but I really connected with Noralee. And we can’t forget her friends, twins Greer and Tuesday, and Rae, a video game streamer. Seriously, these are my people. The chemistry between Wyatt and Noralee is amazing, and her clumsiness puts them into the most hilarious situations.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

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“I’ll speed date if you need me, but I’d rather not. You three are the ones who need to find men. Aren’t you lonely?” Greer hasn’t heard from Neal in four days and we all know it, but none of us have the heart to be mean to her about it. It’s not worth her heartbreak.
“Me? Lonely?” I look at all three of them. “I can’t get rid of any of you long enough to be lonely.”
“Oh whatever. I saw you fall all over that cop. Literally.” Tuesday tosses her hair over her
“She isn’t wrong.” Greer gives me a look that says she’s on to me.
“No lies detected.” Rae pushes her glasses up on her nose with her forearm so her fingers can be used for whatever she’s playing on her phone.
“Oh! What if he comes to speed dating?” Tuesday straightens and grins like the Cheshire Cat.
“I can guarantee that he isn’t coming to speed dating at a comic shop.” I roll my eyes and lean to shut off the computer for the night. It’s almost closing time and everyone has cleared out except for a few lingering kids in the comic club. “There is no way he’s single,” I add stupidly. I should have just denied the fact that I think he is the hottest man I’ve seen outside a Marvel movie… or Aquaman.
“So, you admit that you want to check out what’s under that uniform?” Rae stops looking at her phone and blows another bubble.
“He’s been here three times now. What if he did come? Would you do it?” Greer crosses her arms over her chest and stares me down.
I am so sure of myself that I hold up my Mocking Jay salute. “If Officer Collins shows up, I’ll not only participate, but I’ll also buy you all drinks when we go out Saturday night.” There is no way in hell that man would ever show up for speed dating, much less at Words for Nerds.

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Allie is a mom, wife, and dog groomer by day. At night she is posted at her laptop writing or reading in a cozy corner. She has a soft spot for gooey romance, coffee, and anything cute and furry
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His Last Ride by Marcie Shumway

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His Last Ride
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From small towns to the big city, Payton and Cody are not the same people they once
were. They will need to decide if what is between them is worth fighting for. Can a
childhood friendship become so much more? Readers will want to saddle-up with this
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She was my childhood friend. The one person outside of my family that I could always count on.
Fate drew us apart, but when my life was turned upside down, it brought us back together. And, much like when we were kids, she made it right again.
Payton had a way of soothing more than just the wounds that were skin deep.
There’s one small problem, I’m not sure that I want to be just her friend anymore.

He was my childhood friend. The one who always accepted me for me.
For years, I didn’t realize my life was missing anything and, then Cody came back into it.
Just like when we were kids, he brought all the pieces back together. He made me feel things I didn’t know I could feel. How can I be his friend when I want so much more?

I won’t be his buckle bunny.

Adjusting to very different lives, Cody and Payton need to decide if what is between them is worth fighting for. From small towns to the big city, they’re not the same people they once were.

Can a childhood friendship become so much more?
Only time will tell.

After all, 425 Madison is the perfect place to fall in love!

My review:

Payton and Cody are childhood friends, spending summers together when Payton visits her grandmother. In high school, though, her parents send her away to a boarding school and they lose touch. Cody has followed his dream but loses his career in an instant and moves to NYC, getting an apartment in 425 Madison. Serendipitously, his friend and Payton’s roommate are dating and try to set up the two of them, not knowing they already knew each other.

These two have such a sweet relationship. They both had feelings for each other as teens, but were too afraid to act on it. Now as adults, they are all in but both have baggage from the years apart. He has a crazy, semi-famous ex who is desperate to be a star. She has issues from a lifetime of neglectful, unemotional parents.

This book was very enjoyable. I liked their friends Brian and Des as well. I’m hoping their story will be told too, because I’d love to read it.  And the grandmothers in the book are adorable!

Rating: ♥♥♥♥


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“Come on, slowpoke!” I yelled at the brown-haired fifteen-year-old girl following me.
“Your legs are longer than mine, jerk,” she retorted on a huff. “Slow down.”
I turned and checked on her, she was climbing the hill easily behind me. Her face was
flush from our run up the lower portion, and her blue eyes sparkling. She looked more relaxed then I’d seen her all summer. Normally, Payton, or Pay as I called her, was as laid back as they came. This summer for some reason when she’d shown up, she’d been different. More reserved.
“If we don’t hurry, we’re going to miss it,” I chided, reaching my hand out for hers.
She looked up, and when she saw my hand, her cheeks turned a darker shade of pink. I
shook it with a ‘take it’ look on my face, with a roll of her eyes, she did intertwining our fingers. I picked up the pace again and brought her along with me.
A minute later, we reached the top and plopped down on the large rock. She broke the
connection of our hands and sat on hers. I missed it instantly, but let it go. As we’d gotten older, the simple things we used to do together turned a little weird. I wasn’t sure why. We were friends.
“I’m going to miss this,” she whispered wistfully, taking in the landscape.

We were sitting at the top of a hill that overlooked some of the pastures on my
grandparent’s property. It gave us the perfect view of the mountains and the sunset. On the last day of the summer, we would come up here and sit. We had flashlights in our backpacks for the walk back.
“Me too,” I agreed. “But there is always next summer.”
Payton had been coming to visit her grandmother every summer since she was five. The
two of us clicked immediately. Our grandmothers started this tradition of bringing us up here, we continued it on our own when we turned ten. Swearing we didn’t need them to babysit us. Since it was only a mile from one of the barns on our property, they hadn’t argued.
“Right,” she sighed sadly.
“Something you aren’t telling me?”
“Not that I know of,” Pay replied. “Mom is just acting weird when I bring up coming
back. Told Gram we would talk about it later.”
My breath caught. The idea of not seeing her made my chest hurt. I counted on summers
with Payton. Sure, I had friends in school, but there was something about her. I didn’t have to put on an act. I could just be me with her.
The sunset that night was beyond amazing. Purples, pinks, reds, and oranges swirled
together, putting on a show that I’d never forget. When the colors started to fade and the sun started to dip below the mountain in front of us, I felt Pay slide her hand back into mine. I looked over and saw tears leaving trails down her face. Squeezing her hand, I faced forward again and put up a silent prayer; this wouldn’t be the last time we did this.

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Marcie Shumway is a small-town girl, born and raised in Maine. She resides with her high school sweetheart on a family-owned farm just miles from where she grew up. Her hubby and their four furbabies are her first loves, but they are followed closely by her writing, apple pie, and chocolate.
Marcie started writing short stories in middle school for her classmates to enjoy. They were always love stories with happy endings and spurred her dream of being a published author.
Chasing that dream as an adult, she continues to write stories for her readers to love. An avid reader herself, Marcie thrives on the books of her favorite authors and when not writing, can be found curled up in her favorite spot with a good book in hand.
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Puck Performance by Alley Ciz Review + Giveaway


Title: Puck Performance
Series: BTU Alumni #4
Author: Alley Ciz
Genre: Contemporary Sports Romance

Release Date: February 10, 2020

All’s fair in love and potatoes
Melody Brightly
Broadway Star.
Pink hair.
A smile that hits me harder than a slap shot.
Terrible taste in hockey teams.
Full of secrets.
The one woman I fail to defend my heart against
Jase Donnelly
Sexy as puck.
Makes my hormones give a standing ovation.
The one guy I can never be with, but can’t stay away from.
Our sexy as puck hero may have helped name The Coven but he’s about to meet his match in PUCK PERFORMANCE—BTU Alumni #4. He might exaggerate so much he’ll end up in the sin bin and there’s a chance she’ll burst into song, but they’ll have you laughing and speaking in shouty capitals. No potatoes were harmed in this HEA-guaranteed interconnected stand-alone.

My review:

Each book in this series gets better and better. Jase is twin brother of Jordan from the first book, Power Play. Being surrounded by his sister and their group of friends, both male and female, gives Jase a bit of a reputation, even though these women are like more sisters to him. Melody is put off by what she thinks is a player, but can’t deny her feelings for Jase. Jase is captivated from their first meeting. Their banter is funny and adorable and these two together are fire. But Melody has a big secret, and she doesn’t think they will survive its revelation.

If you haven’t read the other books in this series (and you should, especially if you have Kindle Unlimited!) there’s no need to worry about being lost. There is a handy list of text handles/nicknames in the beginning and you quickly learn who is who in the story. This is a large, crazy, loving family of their own creation. The Coven is one of my favorite things in a book, ever. Jase and Melody’s story is a perfect addition to this series and I can’t wait to read more.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥
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Alley Ciz is an indie author of Contemporary/New Adult, Rom-Com, Sports Romances. She’s a stay at home mom to 3 amazing and crazy mini royals, a 95lb
lab, and let’s face it on some days her hubby is her 4th kid… But to be fair
she totally loves him a lot. 
When she’s not corralling her crazy mini royals she can be
found writing the stories the voices in her head tell her. Caffeine is a staple in her daily diet since she does most of her writing late at night when the rest of her house is asleep, usually with her trusty dog Buke (short for Beukeboom reluctantly named after a NY Ranger even though she’s a NJ Devils fan all the way. Is it any surprise she writes sports romances? 
Pizza and mac-n-cheese are major food groups and she is a proud Potterhead and superhero buff. She is a complete romance junkie and can always be found reading or listening to a book.
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Doughn’t Let Me Go by Teagan Hunter


Slice Book 3
By Teagan Hunter
Release Date: February 6

It was just supposed to be one night.
No kissing. No feelings. A wham-bam-thank-you-ma’am tangle in the sheets and we go our own ways.

Only it’s a small town, and I was bound to run into the irresistible Porter Jones again.
I just didn’t expect it to be at my job interview…which he’s conducting.
Now the live-in nanny to his adorable seven-year-old daughter, I’m doing my best to avoid falling for his charms.

Except it’s much harder than either of us anticipated.
What’s a few romps between friends?
No kissing. No feelings. Just fun.
Sounds simple, right?


My review:

There is a very short list of authors whose books I will buy every single time, no matter what. Teagan Hunter is one of those and this book, Book 3 in her Slice series, does not disappoint.
We “met” Porter briefly in Book 2, I Knead You Tonight when he is in town visiting his friends, although we didn’t get to know anything about him then.

Porter is a dedicated single father to 7 year old Kyrie, who is freaking amazing. Seriously, I love that kid. Dory (not like the fish, thank you very much) is working hard to support herself and pay for college. She loves kids and wants to be a social worker. The nanny position would change her life in the best way possible. Of course things get complicated 🙂

This book was so very good. Highlights: Chapter 12. The entire chapter. Cha Cha Slide. Porter shopping in a tiara. Foster being an amazing uncle. Every word that came out of Kyrie’s mouth. Porter as a dad. Pancake Wednesdays.

This is another fantastic installment in the Slice series and I can’t wait to see what’s next. Also I really want some of these specialty pizzas that *need* to exist in my life.

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I’m a Missouri-raised gal, but currently live in North Carolina with my US Marine husband and 9-year-old dog. I spend my days begging him for a cat, and I survive off coffee, pizza, and sarcasm. When I’m not writing, you can find me binge-watching various TV shows, especially Supernatural and One Tree Hill. I like cold weather, buy more paperbacks than I’ll ever read, and I never say no to brownies.

Writing is my passion, and this is just the beginning of my journey.


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Feisty by Julia Kent


Title: Feisty
Author: Julia Kent
Genre: Romantic Comedy/Contemporary Romance

Audiobook Narrator: Erin Mallon

Release Date: January 28, 2020


I’m not too proud to admit that finding Mr. Right involves swiping right. Right? Welcome to dating in avocado toastland.
Here I am, on my first blind date, ever, courtesy of a smartphone app and my two annoying best friends.
So what is Chris “Fletch” Fletcher doing, walking across the room, looking at his phone like he’s pattern matching a picture to find a real person he’s never met before?
Oh, no.
The guy I drop-kicked in seventh grade cannot be my blind date. The guy who earned me this infernal nickname.
That’s right.
More from New York Times bestselling author Julia Kent as Fiona “Feisty” Gaskill gets her chance at love – drop-kick included.


My review:

First of all, ignore that blurb. Seriously, that scene is so misleading and such a minuscule part of the story it’s ridiculous.

Fiona is a preschool teacher, and a violent event thrusts her unwillingly into the spotlight. (As an aside, my oldest daughter is a preschool teacher and I was a wreck at the end of chapter two.) Fletch has been in the peripheral of Fiona’s circle since they were kids in school together, but she’s hated him since they were 12 and he bestowed the nickname Feisty upon her. Now a paramedic, he responds to the incident and helps care for Fiona.

Life keeps throwing them together, and Fiona starts to wonder why she puts so much energy into hating him.

This was a really fun book to read, and now I really wish I had been able to read Fluffy and Perky (but this is still a standalone, no worries there). These characters are so freaking FUN! Fiona, Perky (nickname for Persephone), and Mallory (from Fluffy) are best friends and have an amazing, supportive relationship. Their friendship was honestly the best part of the book for me. Fletch and Fiona made a great couple, though, once they stopped fighting. And the cabin trip had me cracking up!

Definitely get this book. I am going to go back and read the previous two and already can’t wait for the next book to be released.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥

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“Fletch,” I start, walking into my office, waving him on. As we pass by the children, they snicker and whisper, the girls more stirred up than the boys. We reach the
office, I close the door, and ask, “Why are you here?”
“I came to see you because I knew this was your lunch break and you’ve been ignoring my texts and calls.”
“Maybe I need some space.”
“I respect that.”
“Clearly, you don’t.”
“Look, Fiona, I’m not here to argue with you. Or to crowd you or upset you. The
opposite, actually. I realized our wires have been crossed and it was better to
just come to you, face to face, and say what needs to be said.”
“You couldn’t wait until I wasn’t working?”
“If you’d answer my texts and calls, I could.”
“Fair enough. What do you want to say? What needs to be said?”
“I would like to ask you out on a date.”
“A date?”
“Because I like you.”
“That’s it?”
“Isn’t that enough?”
“After seventeen years of teasing me, of that stupid nickname following me around like a poltergeist, now you suddenly decide that because I saved your nephew you
want to date me?”
“It’s not like that.”
“Then what is it like?”
“I don’t know. Let me find out what it’s like by spending time with you. Let’s both find
out what the other is really like. Do we have to define this? Let’s explore it.” He grins. “Let’s explore each other.”
“I think you’re trauma bonding with me and getting that confused with having feelings
for me.”
“Trauma bonding?”
“We went through something emotionally intense together. You helped me. I saved your nephew. But that doesn’t mean we should date.”
“That’s not why I’m asking you out.”
“Is it because we kissed?”
“That’s not why, but it certainly adds to all the reasons why.”


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New York Times and USA
bestselling author Julia Kent writes romantic comedy with an edge.
Since 2013, she has sold more than 2 million books, with 4 New York Times
bestsellers and more than 19 appearances on the USA Today bestseller list. Her
books have been translated into French and German, with more titles releasing
in 2019.
From billionaires to BBWs to new adult rock stars, Julia finds a sensual, goofy
joy in every contemporary romance she writes. Unlike Shannon from Shopping for
a Billionaire, she did not meet her husband after dropping her phone in a men’s
room toilet (and he isn’t a billionaire she met in a romantic comedy).

She lives in New England with her husband and three children where she is the
only person in the household with the gene required to change empty toilet
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Love According To Science by Claire Kingsley

Title: Love According to Science
Series: Dirty Martini Running Club
Author: Claire Kingsley
Genre: Steamy Romantic Comedy
Release Date: January 23, 2020


“I would give this book ALL THE STARS if I could. Five is not nearly enough. This is such a clever, fresh take on finding your soul-mate.” ~ Read Me Romance Blog


“Take necessary precautions: two nerdy scientists are about to light up your ereader and leave you with a hot flash!” ~ Marika Ray, author of MomCom


“There was just something about these two that clicked and made my inner nerd squeal. And can I just applaud Kingsley on writing this story? The amount of research alone that she had to have done. Wowza.” ~ Amity Book Blog

“Corban is adorable. Disheveled, distracted, caring, full of animal facts, a BOSS in bed, and secretly jacked- what more could you want?” ~ Romance Reviewed


For psychology researcher Hazel Kiegen, science holds all the answers. Her decision to swear off dating? Totally backed by her own calculations. Just don’t ask about her missing orgasms. She hasn’t been able to science her way out of that little conundrum.

But her biggest problem? Corban Nash. He’s frustrating. Infuriating. And deliciously adorable, but that’s neither here nor there. He claims to have cracked the code to falling in love, and Hazel is determined to prove him wrong.
Corban Nash created the theory of accelerated intimacy after numerous successful tests on his friends and family. Every couple who used his questionnaire fell in love, until Corban found himself the last single guy in his social circle, and a groomsman in dozens of weddings.
The only problem is, it’s never worked on him. And science hasn’t explained why.
Despite being the lone aberrant data point, Corban believes in his research, and with his new job, he’ll have the resources to prove it. Verifying his theory right under the nose of his nemesis, Hazel Kiegen? Even better.
There isn’t a theory in existence that will make Hazel fall in love with Corban. Not even with his sexy half-smile and temptingly muscular body. But from the moment these two rivals meet, sparks fly. And when they put his questionnaire to the test, the results aren’t what either of them expect.

My review:

This book…

It’s amazing.

Hazel and Corban are both brilliant and scientific. She is a college professor and researcher. But they are online nemeses. Of course Corban is hired at the college also to continue his research, and they are forced to work together.

There is so much I love about this book. The dialogue is on fire. The tension between the two is blazing. You know what they say about the thin line between love and hate… My favorite parts were rage yoga, fist unicorns, the friendship between Hazel, Everly, Nora, and Sophie, the entirety of the half marathon but especially the finish line. And penguins. And Satan (you’ll know when you read it).

You all really need to read this book. It’s hot and sweet and hilarious and girl-power inspiring and just everything.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

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Claire Kingsley writes sexy contemporary romance and romantic comedies. She loves sassy, quirky heroines, swoony heroes who love their women hard, panty-melting sexytimes, romantic happily ever afters, and lots of big feels.
She can’t imagine life without coffee, her Kindle, and the sexy heroes who inhabit her imagination. She’s living out her own happily ever after in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and three kids.