Sunday, March 7, 2021

5+ stars to The Last Piece of His Heart by Emma Scott


From USA Today and Wall St. Journal bestselling author, Emma Scott, comes the third and final novel in the Lost Boys series--a gritty, angsty love story about two lost souls searching for their place in the world, and what it means to be truly found.

The Last Piece of His Heart by Emma Scott is now live!

At Santa Cruz Central High School, they called them the misfits, the outcasts, the weirdos. But most of us knew them as the Lost Boys...

Ronan Wentz has been to hell and back, and he carries the scars to prove it. Worse, the blood of a monster runs through his veins. After ten years in foster care, eighteen-year-old Ronan is finally reunited with family. His uncle gives him a roof over his head and puts him to work, managing a shabby apartment complex in Santa Cruz, California.

But a second chance is still a second chance. Ronan becomes a solitary hunter, a vigilante, walking the streets at night to keep the nightmares at bay. If he can use the anger burning in his tainted blood to protect instead of hurt, maybe then he'll find the absolution he seeks.

Then he meets Shiloh.

Shiloh Barrera looks like she has it all together. Smart, ambitious and full of artistic creativity she channels into making beautiful one-of-kind jewelry. But Shiloh's cool, capable demeanor is all a front. Her demons drive her to succeed as much as her ambition. To prove her worth to the mother who can't stand to look at her, and who's harboring secrets of her own.

When Shiloh and Ronan meet, the physical attraction is instant and scorching. Neither believe it will last. Falling in love is an impossible pipe dream saved for those less shattered and damaged than they are.

But as hard as they try to resist, the growing feelings between them seem inevitable... until one terrible night destroys Shiloh's dreams and Ronan's future. When the smoke clears, and the rubble settles, they'll have to choose - do their pasts determine their future, or can they build a new one from the broken pieces of their hearts?

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The best thing about reading an Emma Scott book is I always know I'm going to love it, I just don't know what level of love it will be. Well, I'll be shouting about this one on the rooftops for a while, because not only is it the best book in her 'Lost Boys' series, it's easily the best book I've read so far in 2021. This book made me feel, made me cry so hard, but also had so many heartwarming moments. This series is the epitome of the found family troupe and I love this group of characters so much.

Ronan Wentz shows up in Santa Cruz as an eighteen year old senior in high school who's aged out of the foster care system after ten years in. He's staying with his uncle (sort of) by helping him manage an apartment building. Ronan hasn't had a family since he lost his mother as a child. But he meets two boys, just as lost as him in different ways who become brothers to him, Miller and Holden. Then, he meets her. Shiloh Berrera.

On the surface, Shiloh has it much more together than Ronan, and in some ways she does. In other ways, she's just as lost as him. One thing Shiloh does have is an incredible Bibi (her great grandmother) who's raised her since she was four. Words can't express how much I loved Bibi and how she was with not only Shiloh, but also Ronan. Shiloh and Ronan become friends when put together, and they're attracted to one another, but it seems impossible to be together. Still, they can't fight what they're feeling.
"So how about no labels? No rules. We'll just do our best and maybe land somewhere..."

All that Ronan wants is to keep Shiloh safe and to have her. He's not sure if he can have both. And keeping her safe is always his top priority. I admired him for that. He's the kind of guy who never puts himself first and would do anything for those he loves. He's got the biggest and softest heart even though he has a rough exterior, his heart always shines through.

Shiloh can be standoffish at times and she's very goal driven, but it's only because she wants to be her best and feels like she has something to prove. She's also just as loyal as Ronan and both of them haven't had easy lives. There were some big things I could relate to Shiloh about and because of that, her story really touched me. Ronan though, his past wrecked me. This one had me sobbing at one point. I just felt so much so hard, but it was all necessary.

None of the main characters in this book (or this series) has a traditional family, but they make their own family. They become each others family. And sometimes, the family you choose is so much greater than the family you're born into. This series sheds such a light on that and I love it so much.

The Last Piece of His Heart completely broke me, but it also put me back together. Emma's writing is phenomenal and this story was truly epic. This is an unforgettable story and one of Scott's very best. I can't recommend it enough!
That's what you did with good and precious things. You held them tight and took care of them. I could do that. I could keep her safe and have her too.


Meet Emma

Emma Scott is a USA Today and Wall St. Journal bestselling author whose books have been translated in five languages and featured in Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, New York Daily News and USA Today's Happy Ever After. She writes emotional, character-driven romances in which art and love intertwine to heal, and in which love always wins. If you enjoy emotionally-charged stories that rip your heart out and put it back together again, with diverse characters and kind-hearted heroes, you will enjoy her novels. Visit


Someday, Someday (M/M standalone)

A Five-Minute Life (standalone)

Bring Down the Stars (Beautiful Hearts #1)

Long Live the Beautiful Hearts (Beautiful Hearts #2)

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Bet the Farm by Staci Hart is LIVE!


Bet the Farm is LIVE and available from your favorite online book retailer! This heartfelt, flirty story of opposites attract from Staci Hart is just what you need. Happy reading! 💕

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Olivia Brent has one summer to save the dairy farm she just inherited.

But there’s one problem, and it’s not her lactose intolerance.

Jake Milovic.

The brooding farmhand has inherited exactly fifty percent of Brent Farm, and he’s so convinced the city girl can’t work the land, he bets she can’t save it in a summer. 

Determined to prove him wrong, Olivia accepts what might be the dumbest wager of her life.

His strategy to win seems simple: follow her around, shirtlessly distracting her between bouts of relentless taunting. And it’s effective—if his dark eyes and rare smiles aren’t enough to sidetrack her, the sweaty, rolling topography of the manbeast’s body would do the trick.

What they don’t know: they’ll have to weather more than each other. 

Mysterious circumstances throw the farm into disarray, and with the dairy farm in danger, Olivia and Jake have to work together. But when they do, there’s more to fear than either of them imagined.

Because now their hearts are on the line, and the farm won’t be the only casualty if they fail.


I love Staci Hart's rom coms and this one was no exception. Bet the Farm had all the humor I wanted, but also had a lot of emotion and a ton of heart.

Olivia Brent is back at the dairy farm she grew up on, but it's not the same as it once was. Her grandfather passed away and left her half the farm. The only problem, it needs a lot of help or it will go under. Well, that and the other half was left to Jake. Jake who doesn't take any of Olivia's idea's seriously. These two butt heads so much trying to get this farm together and it was a joy to read.

There isn't much I love more in romance than the grumpy hero/sunshine heroine and that is exactly what you get with Jake and Olivia. Jake could be a jerk at times and he was a little brass, but he had his reasons. He truly loved the farm and needed it to do well. And as much as he denied his feelings for Livi at times, it was obvious how much he cared for her. I loved that Livi was optimistic and always trying to better the farm and cheer Jake up, even if it did get her in trouble sometimes.
"Do me a favor and stay out of trouble," he called over his shoulder. 
"I can't promise that."

This couple had so much chemistry and complimented each other perfectly. I enjoyed reading about their romance so much. There was a suspense element to the farm that was a bit predictable, but I really liked how it was resolved.

If you're looking for an emotional and fun book that will make you laugh and give you feels, pick up Bet the Farm!

Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life -- a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can't forget that. She's also been a mom, with three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She's been a wife, though she's certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She's also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she's been drinking whiskey. When she's not writing, she's reading, sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2021

LIVE + REVIEW: Hard Hit by Toni Aleo


Hard Hit by Toni Aleo is now live!
- Single Dad | Second Chance | Hockey Romance -

Kirby Litman has been abandoned by everyone in his life at one time or another since childhood. And when his cheating ex drops their baby girl in his lap and leaves the country, he vows he won’t abandon his daughter, Celeste, like he was. Between parenting, hockey, and mentoring three brand-new young players, he doesn’t have much time for himself. Though, when Jaylin Raventorn crosses his path again, he wants to stop the clock for her

Jaylin has had her eye on Kirby from the first moment they met over a year ago, but his surprise fatherhood threw their plans into the penalty box. Now that he’s back in play—and with a cute new teammate to boot—Jaylin is as eager as Kirby to pick up where they left off.

But will the love-’em-and-leave-’em lawyer be able to let go of her fears to build a future with the man who’s always been left behind? Or will the hard hit from their pasts be too much for them to overcome?

4.25 stars


I love Toni Aleo's sports romances so much and I was happy to get back into the world of the IceCats. Kirby and Jaylin's story was a beautiful second chance romance and of course I loved the single dad aspect.

Kirby and Jaylin never truly got the chance to try to be together, but they felt a connection. Once Kirby found out his ex-girlfriend was pregnant, he needed to focus on that and it stalled anything happing with Jaylin. Now, a year later, Kirby finds himself running into Jaylin with his daughter Celeste, who he has full time. I hoped so much that this second chance at love would work out for them.

Kirby is one of Toni's sweetest heroes. He has the biggest heart and is such an incredible father. I adored him and I especially loved seeing how he was with Celeste. Jaylin is a strong heroine who hasn't been in a serious relationship, but she's willing to try with Kirby. Though these two had some obstacles and things to work through, they were amazing together. They complimented each other so well and I loved them together.

Another fantastic thing about this book was getting to see more Nico and Aviva! Kirby is Nico's teammate and best friend, and Jaylin is Aviva's long time bestie. I highly recommend this book/series if you are a fan of sports romance. This one was sweet, swoony, and steamy!

About the Author:

My name is Toni Aleo and I’m a total dork.
I am a wife, mother of two and a bulldog, and also a hopeless romantic.
I am the biggest Shea Weber fan ever, and can be found during hockey season with my nose pressed against the Bridgestone Arena’s glass, watching my Nashville Predators play!
When my nose isn’t pressed against the glass, I enjoy going to my husband and son’s hockey games, my daughter’s dance competition, hanging with my best friends, taking pictures, scrapbooking, and reading the latest romance novel.
I have a slight Disney and Harry Potter obsession, I love things that sparkle, I love the color pink, I might have been a Disney Princess in a past life… probably Belle.
… and did I mention I love hockey?

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