Thanks to the publisher & Netgalley for the complimentary e-ARC. All opinions provided are my own.
One of my fave *fave* romance things is when a lead finds a home by the end of the book & that journey for Ves in Wrapped With a Beau is so heartwarming.
I’ve never actually watched a Hallmark holiday movie but the vibes of this book felt similar to what I imagine with the very welcome addition of steam.
From Elisha & Ves’s inauspicious meet-cute when she assumes he’s a burglar & threatens him with a candy cane yard decoration to their fake dating / just for the holidays romance to his big gesture at the end, it’s charming & sweet. Not to mention Elisha’s adorable town which celebrates the holidays in a very big way.
This book is just cute & also emotional in some ways, like when Ves contemplates his past & the found family he has now.
Other things of note? A book-loving hero who is at times self conscious (very refreshing IMO), a heroine who gets things done , and a welcoming community.
There’s at least one spot where it verges on being a bit too cutesy for my taste but overall, this is a lovely book that made me feel those warm & happy sensations.
4.25⭐️. Out 09/26.
CWs: loss and grief; references to parental manipulation, parental fighting, parental emotional neglect, parental cheating.
Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for the complimentary e-ARC and the publisher for the complimentary finished copy. All opinions provided are my own.
If I’m looking for soft & cozy Roan Parrish is always a good bet & the title of this upcoming release--The Rivals of Casper Road—(not to mention those adorable FREAKING PUMPKINS on the cover!!) sucked me in.
Give me all the fall stuff.
This ended up being everything I said in the first paragraph: soft, cozy. Sweet. Pumpkin-y ;).
The basic set-up of this one is that after suffering a big heartbreak Bram Larkspur has moved to Garnet Run, Wyoming, home to some of Parrish’s other beloved characters.
His new neighbor is prickly Zachary Glass, a stiff, reserved type who has won the neighborhood Halloween decorating competition several years in a row.
Thanks to a couple of unfortunate moments they end up as rivals for a brief moment, & then they become something else (hint: something with smooching).
This is just a fast, heartwarming read between a prickly & the sunshine one with an epilogue that ended things on an awww note.
I’m really happy that these two Harlequin releases of Roan’s just go for it & these covers make me all kinds of happy.
4⭐️. Out now!
CWs: references to former anti-Semitism & bullying. Zachary has self-consciousness and insecurities about appearance now. Zachary’s sister disappeared when they were teens. Bram was cheated on in past.
Give me that HEA, please.
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