Battle of the Bulbs, by Shannyn Leah

Battle of the Bulbs


Cheyenne Collins’s past has just come back to haunt her. Again. She runs to the sanctuary of her grandmother’s home in Willow Valley in the hopes of spending the Christmas holiday in a quiet, safe place. What she doesn’t expect is for her ex, Booker Banks, to also be in town. Right next door, in fact, visiting his grandfather.

Instead of the quiet, peaceful holiday Cheyenne envisioned, she must deal with cranky, bickering neighbors, an instigating niece, the emotions she feels for Booker and her past. As her and Booker began to repair their relationship, she fears he will run again, too.

Will she be able to make him stay this time despite the secrets she is hiding in her past? And when her abusive mother shows up on the scene, will Cheyenne finally take a stand or will she be the one to run?


My review:

** I volunteered to read an advance reader copy of this book. **

What a sweet and cozy indulgence.  Grab a mug of hot cocoa and sit down to enjoy this lovely read about what it is truly like to be with family for the holidays.  I laughed at the antics of the next-door neighbor and of the banter between all the characters in the story.  Above all else, this is a romance and the holiday backdrop is perfectly in sync with the spirit of becoming vulnerable and honest with a fresh start and New Year right around the corner.

My rating:  Redbreast


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33361093-battle-of-the-bulbs

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Breathless, by Georgia Lyn Hunter

Breathless (Players to Men#1)


When the fairy tale life you believed in falls apart, there is nothing else left…

Or so I thought, until Trouble, wrapped in one hunky body and a sinful smile promising untold pleasure of the carnal kind, lands on my doorstep. Despite what my body demands or the fact that I’m irresistibly drawn to him, I’d been burned too deeply to dare try again. Besides, Max Meade-Sinclair is my younger sister’s best friend—and totally off-limits.

Ila Logan’s coolly dismissive manner captures and challenges me from the moment our paths cross. What I want, I usually get. A little thing like age isn’t going to stop me. Neither are the men who disappear into her secluded room. However, she proves a difficult opponent who leaves me falling for her a little more at each encounter.

This tempestuous woman is mine, but to win her, I must dig deeper, and show her that beneath my brawling, player façade exists a man who would go to the ends of the earth to make her happy.

But surviving my own dark past may just destroy the fragile bond growing between us…


My review:

** I volunteered to read an advance reader copy of this book. **

I really enjoyed this story.  If this book is any indication of those that make up the “Players” group, it will be fun to see how these characters develop into men.  This author has a way with demanding the most out of her male character’s flaws and yet the fortitude and inner strength notwithstanding this was one alpha male I would love to encounter in the real world.  And knowing I am not one who “swoons” in the company of an alpha-type, that is saying a lot

My rating:  Redbreast


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31870342-breathless

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