Wolf Gone Wild Stay a Spell by Juliette Cross (Audio version/PodiumAudio)


Coming to Audio (Podium Audio) May 18th
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Stunning read! This author is just perfect. I had a smile plastered on my face from the get-go! Johanna Fairview and Aiden Snow did a phenomenal job as narrators. I was completely lost in the world created by Juliette Cross the entire time.

The Stay a Spell series is filled with creative characters with a sexy bite. Especially when it comes to Mateo Cruz. Fantastic storylines and a plot that had me guessing till the very end. 

Wolf Gone Wild has this Venom vibe to it that sucker-punched me right in my comic-loving heart. Especially with the choice of narrator, Aiden Snow. I can't get his voice saying "Prepare for combat" and "I like" out of my head. 

I loved it all!
~Tanja



From the Cover...
What's the worst thing that can happen to a werewolf?

Unable to shift for three months, Mateo Cruz knows all too well. His wolf has taken up residence in his head, taunting him night and day with vividly violent and carnal thoughts. Convinced he's cursed, he needs the help of a powerful witch before he literally goes insane.

​Evie Savoie has always obeyed the house rule of her coven: no werewolves. They're known for being moody and volatile. So, when a distempered, dangerous werewolf strolls into the bar and almost strangles one of her late-night customers, she's ready to bounce him through the door. But the desperation in his eyes when he begs her to help him softens her heart and convinces her to bend the rules.

​What Evie doesn't know is that Mateo's wolf has a mind of his own. And now that she's in his sights, he wants only one thing. Her.

The First Ten Years by Joseph Fink and Meg Bashwiner

Releases May 11th
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I am someone who's never listened to the Welcome to Night Vale podcast series but knows many friends and family that do, I can 100% say you do not have to have listened or even know who these two people are to enjoy the read. At its heart The First Ten Years about Joseph Fink and Meg Bashwiner figuring out who you are, who they are together, and how to navigate the world throughout a span of team years as a couple.

It's sweet, real, and an example of how to communicate. I enjoyed it immensely.
~Tanja



From the Cover...

A sometimes hilarious, occasionally heartbreaking, and always entertaining joint memoir by Joseph Fink, cocreator of Welcome to Night Vale, and his wife, writer and performer Meg Bashwiner, chronicling the first ten years of their relationship from both sides.

There are two sides to every love story.

In 2009, 22-year-old Joseph Fink, newly arrived to New York City from the West Coast, was juggling odd jobs to pay the rent and volunteering with a theater company in the East Village so he could snag free tickets to their shows.

Meg Bashwiner, a 22-year-old aspiring performer and playwright, was living with her parents in New Jersey, working a desk job and commuting to her internship with that same East Village theater company.

Joseph and Meg's stories meet when they both find themselves selling tickets in a cramped box office. They quickly became friends. Within a year, they were a couple. Within five years they were touring the world, performing on some of the world's greatest and not so great stages.

In this candid, soul-baring memoir, Joseph and Meg recount their first ten years together, each telling their story as they remember it, without having consulted the other. We hear both sides of their first kiss, first breakup, first getting back together, the death of a father, marriage, international fame, world tours, mental illness, and discussions about having children. Sometimes, they recall things differently—neither agrees on who paid for the morning after pill on their first date. Sometimes they remember the exact same details in the same way—but still have their own narrative on just what those details mean.

Poignant, funny, and real, alternately told in Joseph and Meg’s remarkably different, yet equally compelling voices, The First Ten Years is the story of two individuals finding their way in the world and becoming "adults" as they learn to become a couple.

*Thank you to Harper Perennial /Harper Collins Publishing 
for sharing this title with me

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It Had to Be You by Georgia Clark

 
Releases May 4th
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I really do love romance set in New York. There is just something about it that makes me swoon. Maybe it's that even in a busy city with so many people connections are still made. People find their one in a million loves in the concrete and hustle.

Told in the vein of "Love Actually" we met so many people that turn into couples. I did need a few post-it notes to keep them all straight, but it was a joy to see where they were all going to end up.

It Had To Be You is a fun read that proves love blooms when you least expect it.
 
~Tanja
  
From the Cover...

The author of the “emotional, hilarious, and thought-provoking” (People) novel The Bucket List returns with a witty and heartfelt romantic comedy featuring a wedding planner, her unexpected business partner, and their coworkers in a series of linked love stories—perfect for fans of Christina Lauren and Casey McQuiston.

For the past twenty years, Liv and Eliot Goldenhorn have run In Love in New York, Brooklyn’s beloved wedding-planning business. When Eliot dies unexpectedly, he even more unexpectedly leaves half of the business to his younger, blonder girlfriend, Savannah. Liv and Savannah are not a match made in heaven, to say the least. But what starts as a personal and professional nightmare transforms into something even savvy, cynical Liv Goldenhorn couldn’t begin to imagine.

It Had to Be You cleverly unites Liv, Savannah, and couples as diverse and unique as New York City itself, in a joyous Love-Actually-style braided narrative. The result is a smart, modern love story that truly speaks to our times. Second chances, secret romance, and steamy soul mates are front and center in this sexy, tender, and utterly charming rom-com.


Thank you to
Atria Publishing
for this title

Monogamy by Sue Miller

Out now on Kindle and Hardcover
Available in paperback - May 4th


Character-driven is the best way I can describe Monogamy. It's a look into a marriage filled with all its imperfections and realness. I'm not sure I would call it a classic romance, but it is real, unfiltered, and honest. It's what I am sure many relationships resemble. I am left feeling melancholy and a bit somber after reading. It's not a light drama and I feel as if a reader should be in a good headspace before reading. Especially if they have been through a close-death trauma. This is my first time reading Sue Miller- I enjoyed her engaging writing style and prose very much.

Life and mortality is an emotional thing

~Tanja



From the Cover...

Graham and Annie have been married for nearly thirty years. Their seemingly effortless devotion has long been the envy of their circle of friends and acquaintances. By all appearances, they are a golden couple.

Graham is a bookseller, a big, gregarious man with large appetites—curious, eager to please, a lover of life, and the convivial host of frequent, lively parties at his and Annie’s comfortable house in Cambridge. Annie, more reserved and introspective, is a photographer. She is about to have her first gallery show after a six-year lull and is worried that the best years of her career may be behind her. They have two adult children; Lucas, Graham’s son with his first wife, Frieda, works in New York. Annie and Graham’s daughter, Sarah, lives in San Francisco. Though Frieda is an integral part of this far-flung, loving family, Annie feels confident in the knowledge that she is Graham’s last and greatest love.

When Graham suddenly dies—this man whose enormous presence has seemed to dominate their lives together—Annie is lost. What is the point of going on, she wonders, without him?

Then, while she is still mourning Graham intensely, she discovers a ruinous secret, one that will spiral her into darkness and force her to question whether she ever truly knew the man who loved her.

Thank you to Haper Perennial / Haper Collins Publishers
for sharing this title with me!

An Invincible Summer (Wyndham Beach #1) by Mariah Stewart

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What a wonderful way to kick off summer 2021. Oh, to be invincible... or to at least think you are. An Invincible Summer by Mariah Stewart makes you feel a bit like that again. It's a second chance / new beginning story taking Maggie Flynn back home after the loss of her husband. She and her children settle into small-town life with the help of her hometown friends. She's also thrown into a bit of drama with seeing an old love again. It's a sweet and endearing read. Perfect for a beach chair or just settling in for an afternoon on the deck.

~Tanja


From the Cover...
An endearing novel of friendship, forgiveness, and second chances by New York Times bestselling author Mariah Stewart.

It was a lifetime ago that recently widowed Maggie Flynn was in Wyndham Beach. Now, on the occasion of her fortieth high school reunion, she returns to her hometown on the Massachusetts coast, picking up right where she left off with dear friends Lydia and Emma. But seeing Brett Crawford again stirs other emotions. Once, they were the town’s golden couple destined for one another. He shared Maggie’s dreams—and eventually, a shattering secret that drove them apart.

Buying her old family home and resettling in Wyndham Beach means a chance to start over for Maggie and her two daughters, but it also means facing her rekindled feelings for her first love and finally confronting—and embracing—the past in ways she never thought possible. Maggie won’t be alone. With her family and friends around her, she can weather this stormy turning point in her life and open her heart to the future. As for that dream shared and lost years ago? If Maggie can forgive herself, it still might come true.

Thank you to
Montlake Publishing
for this title

Must Love Cowboys by Carly Bloom


Releases April 27th
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Oh, book friends! This was just... adorable? sweet? deliciously fun? Yes, I'm going with the latter. The Once Upon A Time In Texas book series is rapidly becoming one of my favorites. And guess what my lucky peeps? You get a twofer with this one. Not only do you get Must Love Cowboys, but it also comes with Big Bad Cowboy as well! The first book in the series. But on a personal note, I'm dyslexic so reading about others that struggle always makes me feel less nervous and embarrassed when I make mistakes. Throw some love and well, everything about this makes me smile.

~Tanja

From the Cover...
In this charming, sexy romance, a bookish beauty needs a fake boyfriend and finds a handsome cowboy who is just the man for the job.

Beau Montgomery is living his best life . . . until he's left in charge of Rancho Cañada Verde. With his dyslexia, he'd choose a saddle over spreadsheets any day. His best hope is to ask the town librarian for tutoring. Only he's had a crush on the book-loving beauty since his junior high days—and despite being a smooth talker, he can't help getting tongue-tied every time they meet.

Alice Martin doesn't regret putting her career above personal relationships—but when Beau comes to her for help, Alice decides to see what she's been missing. She'll improve Beau's reading skills if the handsome cowboy teaches her how to flirt and agrees to be her date to an upcoming wedding. But when the town's gossip mill gets going, they're forced into a fake romance to keep their deal a secret. Soon Alice is seeing Beau in a whole new way . . . can she turn their imaginary story into a real-life happy-ever-after?

Thank you to 
Forever Publishing 
for sharing this title with me

A Wedding on Lilac Lane by Hope Ramsay


Releases April 27th
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Well, this was fun! So many people trying to figure out what they want, who they want, what they think they need, and ultimately finding real and lasting love. Hope Ramasy does romance like no one else does. She gives good angst and a wholesome atmosphere. It's what I like about her books. I love the Moonlight Bay series and this is a great addition. 

~Tanja


From the Cover...
After leaving her old life behind and starting over for good, a former country star finds herself at odds with a handsome new man. But is he the enemy . . . or her only ally?

Musician Ella McMillan can't believe she just walked away from her life. So long, boyfriend. Goodbye, country music career. Coming home to Magnolia Harbor could be a fresh start with her mom—until Ella discovers that her mother is getting married again. Now Ella's been roped into planning an engagement party with the groom's utterly gorgeous and infuriatingly buttoned-up son. Fortunately, they have one thing in common, even if they don't agree on what to do about it . . .

Dr. Dylan Killough strongly objects to his father's upcoming marriage. He'll do almost anything to sabotage the engagement, andhe needsElla's help. But despite her own feelings, Ella is determined to throw the perfect party and give her mother the wedding of her dreams. Between sampling party hors d'oeuvres and visiting romantic wedding venues, sparks are suddenly flying between Ella and Dylan-and Dylan is questioning everything he thought he knew about relationships. Now can he convince Ella that he believes in happily-ever-afters after all?

Thank you to 
Forever Publishing 
for sharing this title with me

Promises To Keep by Nan Rossiter

 

Releasing April 27th
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Book two in the Savannah Skies Series by Nan Rossiter has given us a superb continuation of the life and times of the Lindstrom sisters. Promises To Keep is filled with love, faith, family, and kindness. Adding in the rambunctious antics of a loveable pup and well, you have a sweet read perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon.

~Tanja


From the Cover...

Thirty-four-year-old Maeve Lindstrom loves her job at Willow Pond Senior Care. Her older sister Macey thinks Maeve is the only human being on earth who can make working in a nursing home sound like fun. Maeve enjoys being around the sundowners, as she calls them, helping them navigate their senior years—brightening a time that can be, all too often, a lonely, sad stage of life.

Thirty-three-year-old Gage Tennyson—who brings his mischievous yellow Lab, Gus, to whatever restoration job he is working on with Macey’s husband, Ben—loves Maeve with all his heart. He’s a handsome country boy and a true southern gentleman. But as he and Maeve grow closer, they both sense that they haven’t been completely forthcoming about their pasts.

When Maeve realizes Gage might be planning to propose, she knows she must finally be honest with everyone she holds dear. She can no longer live with the secret she’s been dragging around like an anchor, and she knows the only way she will be free to build a lifetime relationship with Gage is to risk everything—including his (and her family’s) love and respect. Before she finds the courage, however, her past comes careening into her life in a shocking and unexpected way.


Thank you to 
Harper Collins/ Harper Perennial
for sharing this with me

Pause by Kylie Scott

Out now on Audible - https://amzn.to/3sH5Rf7
Preorder the book (releases July 13th) - https://amzn.to/3xmWl42

Pause has been one of my favorite Audibles so far this year. I am a massive fan of the narrator, Andi Arndt. She makes it so easy to fall into the story of Anna and Leif. Their journey from friends to lovers is told with so much heart and a ton of realism. Nothing is rushed for the sake of reader instant satisfaction. Instead, it's a beautifully langued pursuit that feels incredibly easy, yet mindful. I loved all of it. Kylie Scott is a force in the writing world and I'm thrilled with each release.

~Tanja


From the Cover...

An unpauseable new romance from New York Times bestselling, Audie Award-winning author Kylie Scott!

When Anna wakes up from a coma after a car crash, she discovers life has gone on without her. Her husband has been unfaithful—with her best friend—and she’s been long since replaced at work. While her old life is a distant memory, her new life feels like an empty shell. Then she meets the stranger who saved her life during the crash, and he changes everything.

Leif Larsen—tattooist, joker, and player—has his own scars thanks to the crash that put Anna in a coma. Helping her move on from her failed marriage, and create a new life, sounds like a perfect distraction. So when he needs a new roommate, he invites Anna to begin her new life with him.

Although their lives may have been put on pause, together they just might find a way to heal.

Thank you to Audible for sharing Pause by Kylie Scott with me