Can you believe that April is over?!? It seems like it flew by! I just finished my grad school semester and have about a 6 week break before the Summer term starts. Since I’ve had a little bit more time on my hands, I’ve been reading non-stop.
Some of these are by authors I love. Others were recommended or were free on the Apple Bookstore. I did read a few on the Libby App (any I got from the Libby app, I noted it so you know where to find it).
Falling for You: A Sweet, Small Romance by Leeanna Morgan
Natalie Armstrong, an artist, comes back home to Sapphire Bay to rejuvenate herself after years of living in Europe. Getting away from some personal issues is a bonus.
She heads home to her grandparents cottage-now her’s. Upon her return, she learns that half the cottage has been rented out to Gabe, a former NYPD detective. Gabe is also running away from his own dark memories. Will the pair be able to live peace?
This book was absolutely wonderful! It had a beautiful plot that was filled with unforeseen twists. The story captivates the reader from the very beginning and is a book you won’t want to put down.
Saving the Sheriff by Kadie Scott
Cash Hill is struggling with trusting anyone outside of his family with a pretty good reason. His wife died, but on the day of the accident, she left Cash a note saying she was leaving him. Cash wasn’t overly shocked by this, after all, he had only married her because she was pregnant after a one-night stand and he was trying to do the right thing. Now, Cash’s paternity of his daughter is in question, and his deceased wife’s best friend, Holly, isn’t helping matters. Can Cash and Holly put their differences aside? Can Cash fall in love after all?
This book has a typical cowboy romance plot. Cash’s daughter does throw in some extra twists and turns that are not convenient for Cash. He tries his best to stay away, but soon finds out he can’t. Scott develops her characters beautifully, it’s like they’re all with you in person! The only fault with this book is that it’s very typical.
Lucky in Love by Carolyn Brown
Beau wants to settle down, and he thinks he’s found the right girl. Except, he can’t get off another girl off his mind-the one he had a one-night fling with at a wedding…about a year ago. Beau ends up inheriting his aunt’s ranch, and is trying to make a go off it. Being Beau, everything at the ranch was working perfectly, the same couldn’t be said for his love life. His girlfriend, soon to be fiancé, has no interest in ranching, just money. Millie, and her daughter, come to help her grandparents for the summer. Little does she know; a certain cowboy has moved in next door to the Lazy Z Ranch.
Beau and Millie have such a fantastic relationship dynamic as they find out how compatible they really are. I love how the two characters are developed and how relatable they are. Both are well off financially, but their story is so rooted in love and based on things that happen all the time (like custody issues) that it is something everyone can understand.
Dancing with Fireflies by Denise Hunter
This is the story of Jade and Daniel and is a follow up to Barefoot Summer. Daniel is in local politics, with family pressure for more. Jade has moved back home after spending a year in Chicago. Unfortunately for Jade, not only do her dreams not come true, but she ends up traumatized after an incident that leads to a permanent change. Jade struggles to make ends meet, and Daniel finds a way to help her out…in more ways than one.
As you know I absolutely adored Barefoot Summer. I wished I could say I had the same feelings about Dancing with Fireflies; I feel like it was lacking in comparison to the first book. I loved Madison and did not feel the same connection to Jade. I felt like Jade constantly wanted to be pitied even though she kept saying she didn’t.
*borrowed on the Libby App
The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
By the same author as An Unwanted Guest and A Stranger in the House. I wanted to read this one because I loved A Stranger in the House (this one is a 5/5 book).
Anne and Marco have it all: a great relationship, home, and baby Cora. Everything is not always as it appears though. Anne and Marco both have their own skeletons in the closet and they will quickly come to light. They aren’t the only ones hiding things, and it only gets more complicated.
I love Lapena’s mysteries. I just requested a hold via the Libby app for An Unwanted Guest. My only real complaint is that the ending became predictable as you keep reading. There are plenty of twists in the novel, and I love how many different characters are involved throughout the story.
*borrowed on the Libby App
The Sheriff Catches a Bride by Cora Seton
Welcome to Chance Creek, where everyone knows everyone’s business. Rose is the county’s good girl, and she’s constantly afraid of disappointing other people…to the point that she’s disappointed herself.
Cab doesn’t date, because the girl he wants is engaged to someone else. When he finds out she isn’t happy, he’ll stop at nothing to prove that he’s the one for her, including saving her life.
I absolutely love this book! I love all the twists and turns and the characters that were introduced, especially the ones you never thought would appear! I love how all the character’s lives are intertwined, just like in any small town. I could totally see myself in Chance Creek.
Butterface by Avery Flynn
The story of a party planner kissing a guy at a party. He pretends they’ve been in a relationship for months. She ends up meeting the whole family, even the mob-connected brothers.
I hate to say this, but I barely made it a chapter into this book. I just couldn’t get into it. It came recommended on Apple Books, so I thought I’d give it a try and it wasn’t the book for me.
The Cowboy’s Rebellious Bride by Laurie LeClair
Hannah is used to defending herself. She might be the best bull breeder and trainer around, but in a male-dominated world, she constantly has to prove herself. Cody needs to save the family ranch, and there is only one way to do it.
I loved this book, except for it being predictable. It’s another small town story where everyone knows everyone’s business, except in this case they really don’t. There were times I felt really bad for Cody as he is trying to help his family without dragging other people into it. I loved how we got to know all the characters and how they intertwined.
What books do you recommend? Leave me a comment below, I’d love to check them! If you’re read any one them, let me know what your thoughts are!
Note: Book Cover images courtesy of Google Images.