Author: Marsha

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #2

Posted January 10, 2022 by Marsha in Discussion, It's Monday! What Are You Reading? / 3 Comments

I love fun memes, I really need to join in on more of them because… fun.  We should all have more fun in our lives, especially those of us who usually have a book in hand and a ton in line waiting to be read! 🙂

So let’s kick this off with “It’s Monday! What are you reading?”.  From the official page, “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organize yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile!” Now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.

I gave myself permission to take a bit of a book break over the holidays.  Didn’t read as much, and surprisingly, a lot of what I did read I also gave myself permission to DNF simply because I didn’t care one whit what happened to those characters.  That’s a 2022 goal of mine – to stop reading a book I’m not enjoying simply because I “spent good money” on it.  So. What. ?  I’m really getting behind the realization that we have a limited amount of time on this blue marble in space… why continue to read a book that I’m hating just because I spent “good money on it”?  No, no more.

One book I did devour was The Girl in the Mist by Kristen Ashley.  This was her first novel in the Thriller genre and did she ever nail it!  I’ll admit to having read all of her books and loved (to some degree) every single one… but this one went to another level of suspense, mystery, terror, and romance with an older couple who proved that age is no limit for love or sexiness!  I would highly recommend it for anyone who loves a good mystery, a seasoned romance, and isn’t put off by uncomfortable subjects (or at least knows how to skim past parts of a story to enjoy the other parts).

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Harlequin 2022 Reading Challenge

Posted January 4, 2022 by Marsha in Discussion, Harlequin / 0 Comments

There’s a fun challenge going on over on the Harlequin blog, Harlequin Ever AfterHarlequin 2022 Reading Challenge.  It will definitely be adding to my TBR pile, but – oh, well.  🙂

Prizes to be won, new books to experience, what’s not to love about this one?  Check it out for yourself by clicking on the graphic below.  And have some book reading fun in 2022.

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One Little Secret by Maureen Childs

Posted January 2, 2022 by Marsha in Contemporary Romance, Harlequin, Harlequin Desire, Owned, Series, Sexual Content / 0 Comments

 

A routine business deal comes with a secret baby surprise!

The man who got away is back

and a little surprise awaits him…

Single mom Sadie Harris couldn’t resist charming entrepreneur Justin Carey—and she couldn’t convince him to stay.

And then she made the mistake of keeping her pregnancy a secret after they parted ways…

Now he’s back to make a deal with her family—and meet his son for the first time.

With emotions running high, Sadie and Justin soon cross the line from anger to passion…to possibly more. But will Justin stay this time?

Titles in the Dynasties: The Carey Center series include — The Ex Upstairs – Ways to Win an Ex – The Wrong Mr. Right – One Little Secret –

This is an adult 18+ story that may contain language, possible violence, and/or sexual situations geared to an adult audience.

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The Wrong Mr. Right by Maureen Child

Posted January 2, 2022 by Marsha in Contemporary Romance, Harlequin, Harlequin Desire, Owned, Series, Strong Sexual Content / 0 Comments

 

These opposites want what they can’t have as business takes a very personal turn.

Contractor Hannah Yates wears a hard hat for protection on the job. If only she could protect her heart from the man who’s about to put her company on the map!

All she has to do is meet blueblood CEO Bennett Carey’s impossible deadline…and resist their sizzling attraction.

But when her day job leads to an unforgettable night, will Hannah risk everything she’s worked for—or fall for Mr. Right this time?

Titles in the Dynasties: The Carey Center series include — The Ex Upstairs – Ways to Win an Ex – The Wrong Mr. Right – One Little Secret –

This is an adult 18+ story that may contain language, possible violence, and/or sexual situations geared to an adult audience.

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Ways to Win an Ex by Maureen Child

Posted January 1, 2022 by Marsha in Contemporary Romance, Harlequin, Harlequin Desire, Owned, Series, Strong Sexual Content / 0 Comments

He’s back and working with her…but this time she’s making the rules…

Can she have her cake… and her ex, too?

Single mom Serena Carey must pull off the ultra-exclusive Carey fundraiser without a hitch.

Which is exactly the moment Jack Colton walks back into her life.

After seven years, the hotelier is more gorgeous than ever, and the chemistry between them still sizzles. Now he’s offering Serena a business boost she can’t refuse…and she’s offering an invitation to her bed he can’t resist!

Serena sees her chance to set the terms and change the rules of the game. But is she playing for keeps this time?

Titles in the Dynasties: The Carey Center series include — The Ex Upstairs – Ways to Win an Ex – The Wrong Mr. Right – One Little Secret –

This is an adult 18+ story that may contain language, possible violence, and/or sexual situations geared to an adult audience.

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2022 New Release Challenge at (un)Conventional Bookworms

Posted December 31, 2021 by Marsha in 2022 New Release Challenge, Discussion / 0 Comments

I’m so glad that Linda and Brandee of (un)Conventional Bookworms fame are doing the 2022 New Release Challenge again.  With the way 2021 turned out I’ve been on pins and needles waiting to see if my favorite Challenges return for the new year — most have and some fun new ones cropped up so that’s a win for us readers!

I’m going for the New Release Veteran level once again at 61-100 books read/reviewed again this year.  I officially made it to 65 books in 2021, but through my own mistake didn’t make that 100 since I forgot to link an entire quarter *hangs head blushing*!  I’ve always said that remembering to go link up on any Challenge has always been my downfall… but I’m getting better so here’s hoping that 2022 is the year that I remember throughout the year.

The 2022 New Release Challenge is simply a fun way to keep track of the new (2022) releases that we’ve read.  You can easily join up as well just by clicking on the word link above or using the graphic over on the side. <—-  It’s fun, and frankly, I always find interesting new releases that I didn’t know about by clicking on other participants’ links as well!  By the end of the day, I will have made a GoodReads shelf for the Challenge as well as the list I do on my Reading Challenges page to keep track so I can go link up everything at one time, here at Happily Ever After Romance.

Good luck & have fun!

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The Wedding Planner’s Christmas Wish by Cara Colter

Posted December 30, 2021 by Marsha in Christmas Romance, Closed Bedroom Doors, Contemporary Romance, Harlequin, Harlequin Romance, Owned, Series, Series Multi-Author / 0 Comments

 

Her Christmas wish?  The perfect family!

Wedding planner Alexandra makes every bride’s dream come true! If only she could magic her own fairy-tale ending…

After a devastating loss, Alexandra has kept everyone at a distance. Until Drew, owner of New York’s ultimate wedding venue, and his four-year-old daughter come along and steal her heart.

This Christmas, will Alexandra let her guard down and accept the happy-ever-after she never dared dream of?

Titles in the A Wedding in New York multi-author series includes — The Wedding Planner’s Christmas Wish by Cara Colter – Prince’s Surprise Christmas Baby by Ellie Darkins – Reunited Under the Mistletoe by Susan Meier

This is an adult 18+ story that may contain language, possible violence, and/or sexual situations geared to an adult audience.

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One More Second Chance by Nicki Night

Posted December 30, 2021 by Marsha in Contemporary Romance, Diverse Voices, Harlequin, Harlequin Desire, Owned, Sexual Content / 0 Comments

 

Exes reunite at the wedding of the season…

She ended things with ex-fiancé Carter Blackwell, the last thing Phoenix Jones wants is to reunite with him at the year’s hottest destination wedding.

But as the sensual tropical setting reawakens long-suppressed desire, a twist of fate forces Phoenix to walk down the aisle with Carter—as maid of honor and best man.

She knows he’s used to sealing any deal. Will Carter seize this second chance and finally convince her to say I do?

Titles in the Blackwells of New York series include — Intimate Negotiations – One More Second Chance

This is an adult 18+ story that may contain language, possible violence, and/or sexual situations geared to an adult audience.

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Christmas Week Countdown!

Posted December 18, 2021 by Marsha in Christmas Romance, Discussion / 0 Comments

I don’t know how this Christmas Season has gotten away from me, but here we are one week away from Christmas — and here I am with so many Christmas titles still unread due to lack of time, I’m always running out of time never books though.

I’ll do my best to get as many titles reviewed (I’ve binge read even when not posting) this last week until Christmas 2021, but the truth is that I’ll probably be listing Christmas romances up to Valentine’s Day.  *sigh*  Yeah.  I have a lot of books, Christmas romance books.

Fingers crossed that I find better time/life management in 2022… yeah, I don’t think so either but I’m going to try!

Merry Christmas Romance Reading!

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The Billionaire’s Cinderella Housekeeper by Miranda Lee

Posted December 5, 2021 by Marsha in Contemporary Romance, Duet (series), Harlequin, Harlequin Presents, Owned, Sexual Content / 0 Comments

New job? Check.
Drop-dead gorgeous boss? Check!

For hardworking Ruby, accepting a live-in housekeeper position for an absent mystery tycoon should be easy!

When he returns, she quickly realizes that working for the seriously sexy Sebastian is going to be quite the challenge.

The loss of his late wife has left Sebastian emotionally guarded, but he can’t deny the blazing heat with his irresistible housekeeper.

A red-hot tryst should quell their desires, but Sebastian didn’t expect to see shy Ruby fit into his lavish world quite so perfectly…

Titles in the Housekeeper Brides for Billionaires duet include —  Maid for the Untamed BillionaireThe Billionaire’s Cinderella Housekeeper

This is an adult 18+ story that may contain language, possible violence, and/or sexual situations geared to an adult audience.

Miranda Lee’s final story for Mills and Boon / Harlequin before her death in November of 2021.

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