In some ways, 2021 started out worse than 2020, if that’s even possible given what we’ve experienced last year.
For me, January 6, 2021, brought all of my fears to the surface and I, quite frankly, fell apart that day. Despair, anger, frustration, and such a sense of bewilderment at how we as a country had come to a day like that.
Then came January 20, 2021. A day that I cried tears of relief, tears of joy, and even laughter from the deepest part of my heart and soul. Oh, I know the exit of one despicable President isn’t the ending of all of my country’s problems. But with this new President, a President that I believe in, that I trust has the nation’s and its people’s best interests at heart gives me hope for a future that has been sadly lacking in recent years. An awesome female Vice-President is simply icing on top of a very unique cake.
Add to that sense of wonder and hope is the fact that I and my son qualify for the COVID vaccine and are setting up those appointments as quickly as possible — and my sense of renewal, sense of purpose, and a need to get back to the things I love (the things that I’ve somewhat neglected recently) has overtaken my imagination. I feel alive again – and that, my friend, is an amazing feeling to rediscover.
The moment he learns his father has been murdered, Delta Force soldier Trace Travis knows he must return home. But finding resourceful Lily Davidson, his high school sweetheart, helping his mother in the wake of the tragedy leaves him shaken.
As old desires and deceits come flooding back, Trace partners with Lily to find his father’s killer—and overcome the circumstances that have always kept them apart.
I love Reading Challenges, they help keep me focused on those goals I made back at the beginning of each new year. I also know that not remembering to go back and link up reviews is a major downfall for me. So, this year I’m making Goodreads Shelves to keep me updated and easier to link up at each Challenge’s host website.
In the past, I’d joined Linda and Brandee’s New Release Challenge with an older established blog of mine (Keeper Bookshelf) for many years and I’ve enjoyed the challenge of it (but again, that linking up does me in every year). With Happily Ever After Romance, I wanted a place where I could focus on only Romance in all its various genres and tropes. Now, I know, without a doubt that I’ll be purchasing new releases each and every month from Harlequin. More some months than other, but I hit Amazon like clockwork on the 1st of every month to get my Romance fix in once again.
Since my 2021 Goodreads Challenge is 100 books, I’m going for the same 100 books here. Sounds rather daunting doesn’t it? But I’m addicted to romance novels in any shape or form so I believe I can hit that number by December 31, 2021. Guess time will tell. 🙂
It’s January 2, 2021 – I’ve made my monthly purchases (new releases) – so now it’s time to get reading. If you’ve joined as well, I wish you good luck and enjoy yourself because this all is supposed to be fun – we’ve got enough stress out there in the world as it is. 🙂
His royal bride of convenience: Unwrapped and undone!
Orion is determined to rule his once-dissolute kingdom with integrity and respect. That means honoring his betrothal to Lady Calista Skyros. A woman whose father deals in scandal — and who threatens his unwavering self-control…
Calista knows her royal marriage was brokered by blackmail, but she has her own reasons for accepting Orion’s hand. Yet her husband shocks her with his demand for complete honesty. And as her first Christmas as queen approaches, her unstoppable desire for the king becomes her most dangerous truth of all!
Bridget Montgomery’s Christmas is looking decidedly not festive. Her beloved aunt is gone, leaving only a struggling diner and a mountain of debt. Which Bridget now shares with her ex-fiancé and newly single dad, Jack Holdstrom.
Saving the diner is their first priority. But Bridget’s already falling for Jack’s troubled adopted girls. Will the spirit of Christmas mean she’s losing her broken heart to Jack again, too?
Connor O’Leary knows nothing about babies, families, or good women, yet he’s up to his ears in all three. Coming to Shadow Creek, Montana was meant to be a new start for this former oil rigger, but he had no idea that a fresh beginning would include a baby on his doorstep and a hot nanny he can’t stop thinking about. Diapers, feedings, and late nights soothing his little bundle of surprise were definitely not on his itinerary.
The last thing Haley Thomson expected to see is the reclusive Connor with a baby in his arms. Before she knows it, she’s volunteered as a nanny—temporarily. Helping out with baby Rosie is a dream come true and fills a space in her heart she believed will never be filled. But falling for Rosie’s hot and sexy bachelor daddy is not on her to-do list…but boy would she ever like it to be.
*this series, ‘The Blackwell Sisters‘ is either a spin-off or another in this particular world – depends on how you look at it. 🙂 Either way, it is connected to another series.
Here are the titles in the Return of the Blackwell Brothers multi-author series – The Rancher’s Twinsby Carol Ross – The Rancher’s Rescue by Cari Lynn Webb – The Rancher’s Redemption by Melinda Curtis – The Rancher’s Fake Fiancee by Amy Vastine – The Rancher’s Homecoming by Anna J. Stewart (the Return of the Blackwell Brothers series was reviewed on my Keeper Bookshelf blog – you can find these reviews there if you wish)
Gwen Bailey has been busy taking care of everyone but herself. After a tragedy tore her family apart, she put her dreams aside to be with family. Now that her life is getting back on track, and her new Chocolaterie is open, she can concentrate on snagging the handsome, mysterious customer who has her dreaming about her own happily-ever-after…
Doctor Luke Thomson has spent the last five years filled with guilt. He hopes to make amends in Shadow Creek, however, he doesn’t count on falling for the adorable and gorgeous Gwen Bailey. He vows to not get involved with her, but she’s too sweet to resist. It’s only a matter of time, though, before the truth comes out. Luke knows there’s no way Gwen will look at him the same way once she discovers his secret…