Always Room for Cupcakes by Bethany Lopez

CupcakesTitleAlways Room for Cupcakes

AuthorBethany Lopez

Published:  February 2016

One day I was be-bopping along jamming to the music in my head while wondering if my thighs could handle grabbing a cupcake on the way home. The next thing I knew, my entire world crashed and burned.

I used to wake up at night in a sweat, crying because I’d dreamt that my husband was cheating on me, or that he hated me, and resented my kids. He’d always hold me close and tell me it was all just a dream, that he loved me and our family and that he’d never let me go.

He was a fucking liar.

Now I spend my days taking photos of scum just like him, trying to be a champion for other’s being taken advantage of by the losers in our town, and my nights being a single mom to my beautiful twins.

I’ve got great friends who have my back, and a sexy, mysterious motorcycle man who keeps showing up when I need him. Maybe things are starting to look up, and one thing’s for sure… There’s always room for cupcakes.

**Note:  This book was provided to the Book Hookup by the author but that did not in any way influence this review!

Ana will put Always Room for Cupcakes on her third shelf!!

3.5 stars!!  This was a fun, quick read that mixed romance with suspense and even a bit of humor to bring it all together.  My first 3rd Shelfthought as I started this book was “WOW…how long has it been since I’ve read a Bethany Lopez book?”  The reason is that this is definitely an adult book – one filled with adult situations and language – and I think I’ve somehow put Ms. Lopez in the YA category in my mind.  What’s that got to do with anything, you ask?  Well, I was surprised, and pleasantly so!  The author has a great voice, no matter the genre, and I love that I can read a variety of books by her!

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{review} Love Rekindled (Love Surfaced #2) by Michelle Lynn

Love RekindledTitle: Love Rekindled
Author: Michelle Lynn
Series: Love Surfaced
Publisher: self-published
Published: February 10, 2016
Genre: new adult contemporary romance, 2nd chance romance

Synopsis: Taylor Delaney is the love of my life.
She’s also the one I’ve hurt the most.
Two years ago, I made a disastrous mistake.
One I’m not sure I can make amends from.
But I have to try, because I’m nothing without her.

Brad Ashby’s here, in my hometown, asking for a second chance.
All those unresolved feelings for him have resurfaced.
Not that they ever went away.
I know I should run him out of the town, but I can’t.
He needs to know that I wasn’t the only one who was deceived.

Even if we gave our relationship another try, how can we rebuild what’s been destroyed? If we weren’t strong enough then, what makes us strong enough now?

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**I received an advance copy of this book,
but that did not influence the review**

4 sweet stars That first paragraph wow’d. The raw honesty of it…I couldn’t help but want to know Brad, even though he had some really big regrets… I can admit I kind of fell for him right then and there. It’s ok if you judge me, he redeemed himself big time and I was glad Taylor give him a second chance.

2nd ShelfI think what I loved most about this story (besides sexy as hell Brad Ashby) is that while yes, secrets had been kept and mistakes had been made, all that all ended in the past. This book was about healing, about moving forward and taking a chance. It could have so easily drummed up so much drama but it didn’t, and that’s because both Taylor and Brad had really matured so much. I soaked up their honesty about how scared they were and relished every touch, every kiss, every gesture that brought them closer together.

The romance was sweet and just the right amount of hot. It was a second chance romance, but I really could feel them discovering each other all over again. I think my favorite parts were the sweet, chaste kisses. They symbolized so much.

I want to touch on the cover. In all honesty it’s what drew me to the book in the first place. It is saying so much and I love it… yet after reading the book it doesn’t make sense. They were never out swimming and it doesn’t tie in. oh well….

The secondary characters in this story were great. I have not read the first book, but I know Piper and Tanner have some kind of epic love and I’m going to need to read their journey. My favorite secondary character though, was Brad’s mom. She pulled on my heartstrings and I really felt the true love she had for her son and family. It radiated out of her and I loved her! On the flip side there were quite a few bitchy women in this book, and they were a little over the top. I know women can be mean, but it’s usually behind the back, not to the face like several women in this story were to Taylor. I don’t know if it needed to be done so strongly. It didn’t take away from anything, but didn’t add anything either.

Rec this? YES! A heartfelt story about second chance love, forgiving, and falling in love all over again. I am looking forward to discovering more works by Michelle Lynn.

Celeste

The Shadow Queen (Ravenspire #1) by C.J. Redwine

The Shadow Queen

 

Title: The Shadow Queen

Series: Ravenspire,
Book #1

Author: C.J. Redwine ♠ @cjredwine

Expected Publication: 
February 16, 2015

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Pages: 400

Genres: Young Adult  Fantasy  Romance  Retelling

Source: Edelweiss

Summary from Goodreads: Lorelai Diederich, crown princess and fugitive at large, has one mission: kill the wicked queen who took both the Ravenspire throne and the life of her father. To do that, Lorelai needs to use the one weapon she and Queen Irina have in common—magic. She’ll have to be stronger, faster, and more powerful than Irina, the most dangerous sorceress Ravenspire has ever seen.
In the neighboring kingdom of Eldr, when Prince Kol’s father and older brother are killed by an invading army of magic-wielding ogres, the second-born prince is suddenly given the responsibility of saving his kingdom. To do that, Kol needs magic—and the only way to get it is to make a deal with the queen of Ravenspire, promise to become her personal huntsman…and bring her Lorelai’s heart.

But Lorelai is nothing like Kol expected—beautiful, fierce, and unstoppable—and despite dark magic, Lorelai is drawn in by the passionate and troubled king. Fighting to stay one step ahead of the dragon huntsman—who she likes far more than she should—Lorelai does everything in her power to ruin the wicked queen. But Irina isn’t going down without a fight, and her final move may cost the princess the one thing she still has left to lose.

Average Goodreads Rating (as of 02/09/2015): 3.70

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