Blog Tour Review – Rakes and Roses by Josi S. Kilpack

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Happy Tuesday sweeties! Today, I’ll be sharing my review for Rakes and Roses by Josi S. Kilpack, the third book in the Mayfield Family Romance Series and published by Shadow Mountain Publishing.

I’ve been reading and really enjoying regency/historical romances and this book was another lovely story. Josi S. Kilpack wrote such a moving and heartfelt tale about love, second chances, and redemption. I had fun reading this book and I hope you grab yourself a copy cause this beauty is out today!

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Published: May 5, 2020

Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publishing

ISBN: 9781629727356

  Page Count: Paperback, 320

Genre(s): Fiction, Romance, Regency

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A Mayfield Family Romance

Lady Sabrina endured an abusive marriage, a miscarriage, and early widowhood to emerge as a smart, successful, confident woman who found a way to make her mark in a man’s world. She has friends and purpose, but cannot hide from the emptiness she feels when the parties are over and the friends have gone home to families she will never have.

Harry Stillman may be charming and handsome, but he’s a gambler and a rake who has made a mockery of his privileges. He turns to the mysterious Lord Damion for financial relief from his debts, but still ends up beaten nearly senseless by thugs and left in an ally.

When Lady Sabrina comes upon Harry after the attack, she remembers the kindness Harry once showed to her six years ago and brings him to her estate to heal. Though their relationship begins on rocky footing, it soon mellows into friendship, then trust. But Lady Sabrina needs to keep Harry at a distance, even if he is becoming the kind of man worthy of her heart. After all, she is keeping a secret that, if exposed, could destroy everything she’s so carefully built.

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mythoughtsA Beautifully Written, Captivating, and Wonderfully Moving Romance that Absolutely Warmed My Heart

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Rakes and Roses is a beautifully written and captivating book that had me turning the pages late into the night and you know what… I’m not complaining. This was entertaining, fun, romantic, and such a wonderfully moving story that absolutely warmed my heart.

I haven’t read too many regency/historical romances and have never had the urge to pick them up until a few months ago. I’m personally into contemporary and paranormal romance stories, so I didn’t see the appeal with these type of romance books. I like to try new things and step out of my comfort zone, so I finally decided to give it a go and the rest is history. I’m still not super crazy about them and if given a choice, I’d probably pick other romance books, but regency/historical romances are suprisingly really enjoyable, interesting, gripping, and heartwarming. I’ve loved and enjoyed reading them and Rake and Roses is another beautiful story that kept me engrossed until the end. 

I’m new to Josi S. Kilpack’s storytelling and have not read the previous books in the series, but after a few pages into this book, I found myself quite intrigued and fascinated. While this can be read as a standalone, I think getting through the other books would have made my experience with this installment a little more satisfying. That being said, I still really enjoyed this book and I think Kilpack’s writing is just so lovely and irresistible that I can’t wait to read more from this series and her other works.

I love complex and flawed characters who go through changes for the better and become the best versions of who they can be. There is something sweetly satisfying and uplifting about healing and redemption stories and Kilpack definitely delivers. Sabrina and Harry are both amazing characters and I enjoyed getting to see them change and help each other heal. I loved seeing their relationship blossom into something beautiful and real. I rooted for both of them individually as characters and also for their romantic relationship. I enjoyed their amusing interactions, their fun and serious conversations, the delicious tension between them, and all their flirty, sweet, and romantic moments.

Overall, Rakes and Roses is fun, delighful, and heartwarming and I truly enjoyed it. I adore Sabrina and Harry and the side characters are pretty fun too. The writing is gorgeous, the plot is exciting, and story’s message is meaningful and important. This was such a wonderful and a heartfelt story and I think all romance lovers would enjoy this.

I received an advance reader copy of this book from the publisher, Shadow Mountain Publishing, in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Josi S. Kilpack hated to read until her mother handed her a copy of The Witch of Blackbird Pond when she was 13. From that day forward, she read everything she could get her hands on and credits her writing “education” to the many novels she has “studied” since then. She began writing her first novel in 1998 and has written thirty-three novels, one cookbook, and several short stories since then. She is a four-time Whitney Award winner, including two Novel of the Year awards for Lord Fenton’s Folly and As Wide as the Sky and a Best of State winner in Fiction. She writes her national women’s fiction under the pen name of Jessica Pack (say Josi Kilpack really fast and you’ll see why she chose it). Josi currently lives in Northern Utah and is the mother of 4 wonderful kids.

For more information about Josi or her books, please visit her blog, What is a Sundial In the Shade?

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Thanks for stopping by lovelies! I hope you enjoyed reading this review and add this book on your TBR!

Until next time, take care, be safe, and happy reading!

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Blog Tour Review – How to Quit Your Crush by Amy Fellner Dominy

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Hello sweeties and Happy Monday!!! Welcome to my Blog Tour stop for How to Quit Your Crush by Amy Fellner Dominy. Today, I’ll be sharing my review for this cute and fun summer romance story and I can’t wait for you to meet Mai and Anthony. Thank you  Entangled Teen, the author and Chapter by Chapter for my free arc copy.

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Published: May 4, 2020

Publisher: Entangled Teen Crush

Genre(s): Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Format: Ebook, 150 pages

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Mai Senn knows Anthony Adams is no good for her – no matter how hard she might crush on him. She’s valedictorian; he’s a surf bum. She’s got plans, he’s got his art. Complete opposites in every way. Vinegar and baking soda, they once joked. A chemical reaction that bubbled.

Yeah, they bubbled. Maybe still do.

Good thing Anthony’s got the perfect plan: two weeks to prove just how not good they are together. Whoever can come up with the worst date—something the other will seriously hate, proving how incompatible they truly are—wins.

Like taking a snake-phobe to the Reptile House at the zoo (his idea).

Or a cooking class where they don’t even get to eat the food (her idea).

It’s all about the competition, and it’s meant to help them finally crush their crushes. But it wasn’t supposed to be so hot. Or so fun. And when Mai’s future becomes at stake, will she be able to do the right thing and quit Anthony forever?

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A Deliciously Swoony, Adorably Fun, and Heartwarming YA Romance

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I’ve been struggling to read lately and this adorably fun book was exactly what I needed. Entangled Teen Crush stories never fail to make me smile, laugh, swoon, and just have a great time. How to Quit Your Crush by Amy Fellner Dominuy was no exception and I absolutely loved this delightful teen romance that had feeling giddy and hooked from the start.

I absolutely adore this story and the characters with all my heart! I found myself engrossed and enchanted by everything and completely loved spending time with Mai and Anthony. From the very beginning, I knew I would have fun with this book and I definitely did and so much more. The plot has everything I love and enjoy in romance stories – humor, banter, a little drama here and there, and plenty of adorable and heartwarming moments. I love stories about “first loves” especially the ones that are forbidden or opposites attract, so this one totally hit all the feels for me. It’s cute, it’s sweet, it’s wonderful, and it has heart. I was completely smitten and I couldn’t stop smiling while reading this book.

I think the characters are charming, realistic, and relatable. Mai and Anthony are fantastic leads and the side characters are pretty okay too. Both Mai and Anthony had their own insecurities and issues and it was lovely to see them mature and be there for each other. I loved their chemistry, their flirting, their bantering, and all their cutesy moments together. They’re just so adorable and perfect and all their interactions had my heart dancing and skipping and oh my the swoons!

How to Quit Your Crush by Amy Fellner Dominy is such a sweet, cute, and delightfully fun teen romance that had me turning the pages. I enjoyed the easy to read writing style, the wonderful storyline, the lovely characters, the romance, and all the beautiful moments that made me smile. This deliciously swoony and heartwarming YA romance is the perfect summer read and I honestly can’t recommend it enough.

I received an advance reader copy of this book from the publisher, Entangled Teen Crush via Netgalley. All thoughts, opinions, smiles, and swoons are my own.

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Amy grew up loving to read and figured out at an early age that books were magical and necessary. She started submitting her own stories to be published when she was thirteen. Amy is now the award-winning author of nine books spanning young adult, middle grade, and picture books. Titles for Entangled include Announcing Trouble and the companion novel, How to Quit Your Crush. Amy lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her husband and a puppy who is training them.

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Visit Amy online at http://www.amydominy.com or follow her on Instagram or Twitter at @amydominy.

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Thanks for stopping by lovelies! I hope you enjoyed reading this review and add this cute teen romance on your TBR!!!

Take care, have a great day, and stay safe.

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