Believing in Wishes by Jennifer DeCuir – Romance Novel Addicts Anonymous Book Review

RNAA Rose Rating – Four Roses

Title: Believing in Wishes

Author: Jennifer Decuir

Genre: Small Town Romance

Synopsis:

Fairies and wishing circles don’t belong in Tully’s Grove!

That’s the last thing Olivia Donnelly expects to hear from her new neighbor, Tristan Moss. An artisan, she specifically moved here to start her own business crafting fairy gardens because the residents embrace the fae folk. With a young daughter to support and a fixer-upper draining her bank account, Olivia can’t afford to let the town’s veterinary euthanize her dreams, even if he is too sexy for her own good.

Tristan may have a heart of gold, but those conniving fairies betrayed his trust as a child, and he refuses to let them disappoint his daughter as well. His plan is simple: he’ll run for chamber of commerce president and use his platform to remove the fairy theme. It’s better for tourism branding, better for his peace of mind … and a dagger to his plucky neighbor’s plans.

Can Olivia and Tristan find a way to heal the wounds from his past before he puts her out of business? It might take more than a pinch of fairy magic to pull this one off.

What I Loved About this Book:

This was an intriguing book with a clever twist on the small town romance trope. This particular town’s claim to fame is its fairies. Not only do these magical creatures exist, but they will grant one wish per person. The author sets up some great conflict in that the romantic leads, Tristan and Olivia, have goals that are entirely at odds. Olivia’s dream is to open a business selling specialized fairy gardens, while all Tristan wants is to get rid of the fairies and any mention of them throughout the town. If he becomes head of the Chamber of Commerce, he may just be able to pull that off. Both single parents, both Tristan and Olivia are likeable, well-developed characters with pasts that still haunt them. The two made a wonderful couple, and I enjoyed reading the tale of their blossoming romance. 

What Could Have Been Better:

The romance moved a bit slowly, and it took quite a while for the two lovers to get together. I felt like there was enough good conflict in the book that the two could have become a couple earlier in the story, and it still would have worked as an engaging story. 

Sexual Content: Just a little, and it was relatively mild.

Overall: An engaging, sweet story with a clever twist of magic.

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Wanderer: The Moncrief Legends by Carol Sabel Blodgett – Romance Novel Addicts Anonymous Book Review

RNAA Rating – Five Roses

   

Title: Wanderer: The Moncrief Legends

Author: Carol Sabel Blodgett

Genre: Romantic Suspense/Thriller/ Paranormal

Synopsis: 

Beyond the wall of computers, all the books rested. Perhaps I belonged to every one of them. Fiction: Immortals aren’t real. Romance: I had a lovely wife who I adored. Horror: She died, in my bed, with my best friend. Mythology: I wish all of this was a myth. There she was. Curled up in an overstuffed chair. Like a child, I darted between the rows of books. She would give the occasional smile as she read. We stayed like this for some time—her reading, me watching. This was exciting. A new person. She was beautiful. That was three days ago. I’ve been reduced to watching her from afar, from this secluded spot across the street from her house. I’m Seth. I was named after Adam and Eve’s third child. It’s been centuries since I’ve been with a woman. Immortality can be a nuisance like that. The time, where does it go? I must make her mine. Some would say that I stalk. I don’t see it that way at all.

What I Loved About this Book: 

This is an expertly-crafted supernatural thriller/suspense novel that will keep you guessing until the very last page. The book features well-drawn characters that are unusual yet relatable and are easy to root for. Lots of terrific twists and turns, and room for plenty more in the series. Don’t miss this one!

What Could Have Been Better:

This book was a bit darker than what I usually read, but that’s not really a criticism of the book. It’s more of a personal preference. 

Sexual Content: Yes. 

Overall: An intense, romantic, intriguing read. 

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Pairing Off by Elizabeth Harmon – Romance Novel Addicts Book Review

 

RNAA Rating – Five Roses

 

Title: Pairing Off

Author: Elizabeth Harmon

Genre: Sports/Figure Skating/Contemporary Romance

Synopsis:

American figure skater Carrie Parker’s Winter Games dreams were dashed when her philandering partner caused one of the greatest scandals in skating history. Blacklisted from competing in the United States, her career is over…until she receives a mysterious invitation and is paired with the most infuriating, talented—and handsome—skater she’s ever met.

Russian champion Anton Belikov knows sacrifice. He gave up a normal life and any hope of a meaningful relationship to pursue his dream. And he’s come close—with a silver medal already under his belt, the next stop is the gold. All he needs is a partner. While he’s never forgotten the young American skater he seduced one long-ago night in Amsterdam, he never expected to be confronted with their past…never mind share the ice with her.

When what starts as a publicity stunt grows into something real, Carrie and Anton’s partnership will test their loyalties to family, country and each other. With only a few months to train for the competition of a lifetime, can they master technique and their emotions, or will they lose their footing and fall victim to the heartaches of their pasts?

What I Loved About this Book:

This was one of those books where I found myself getting annoyed when I had to do other things when all I wanted to do was sit down and read! I absolutely loved this sweet and sexy romance. Anton is my favorite kind of romantic hero; strong, sweet, and protective of the woman he loves. This book was engaging from the very beginning with well-developed characters and a nice, steady pace. Lots of conflict and drama and, for the most part, the author avoided the whole “most of the conflict is based on a misunderstanding” plotline. There were plenty of opportunities in this book for her to go that route, and I was pleasantly surprised that she didn’t. 

What Could Have Been Better:

There was very little that I didn’t like about this book. I will say that (SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER AHEAD!) was that the ending was just the tiniest bit too perfect. Carrie’s father had a pretty sudden change of heart and her being pregnant with twins was just a tad over the top. That being said, I wanted a happy ending and that’s what I got. 

Sexual Content: Yes, but not super-explicit. 

Overall: A highly engaging read and one of the best books I’ve read in quite some time.

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New Release – Wreck Me by Lane Hart

I never expected to fall for a younger woman, but she’s all I think about.

She knows how much I want her, too. That’s why the beautiful tease is trying her best to break me.

Like being caught in the riptide, she’s impossible to resist.

And no matter how hard I try, I can’t stay away.

She’s completely wrecked me.

*This is an older man/younger woman standalone romance with a HEA.*

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Pre-Order Alert – Love Bites by TL Clark

 In spite of her so-called normal life, Shakira doesn’t fit in.

She moves to Wales in search of a home, the sense of belonging which has always eluded her.

She gets more than she ever dreamed possible when a handsome young man unwittingly transforms her.

Suddenly her world is full of magick and mystery, which she struggles to come to terms with.

Witches and vampires exist, and Shakira’s very existence is against the vampire clan’s law. 

 

Available for Pre-Order on Amazon and will also be available on Kindle Unlimited.

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New Romance Release – My Absolution by Joz Maxel

Have you ever loved a woman with your heart and soul, just to watch her slip away?
I had her.
I broke her.
I left a piece of me behind.
My best friend put her back together. 
Cherished her.
Loved her the way she deserved. 
My time for absolution has come. 
And I’ll stop at nothing until I get it. 
Now I’ll have to fight my way back to what I left behind.

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Spinning Time – Romance Novel Addicts Anonymous Recommended Read

 

This was a truly engaging read with engrossing characters and several sweet romances. It is a standalone novel, which was very refreshing. This was different from what I normally read, and I’m glad I gave it a chance. Terrific, engaging writing and a clever story. 

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Romance Novel Addicts Anonymous

If the photo here freaks you out, you can feel free to skip this article. If you snapped to attention and said HELLO! when you caught sight of this six-pack packing hunk of male yumminess, then you might be interested in Romance Novel Addicts Anonymous. 

(Join us on Facebook NOW! Email list coming soon.)

As we all know, romance novels aren’t for everyone. Like any fandom, there are hard core followers of the books as well as plenty of people who think they’re stupid. I’m a member of the former group, but it’s not always easy. I for instance, I am grateful for the advent of e-readers since now no one can see the half-naked covers of a lot of the books I read. And I’m a romance AUTHOR. 

I reasoned that I wasn’t the only person with this issue, so I created a new Facebook group called Romance Novel Addicts Anonymous.

Description:

Your friends and family might make fun of you for loving romance novels, but here you’ve found a safe place to profess your love for all things romance!

Official Welcome Message

Welcome to our lovey-dovey, super-sexy romance readers club! You’ve entered a judgment-free discussion zone where nothing is too sappy or sexy.

ALL heroes and heroines are welcome here:

Nice guys, alpha males, bad boys, werewolves, billionaires, vampires, gay, straight, bi, historical figures, aliens, and anything else that can love and/or mate.

READERS – tell us what you’re reading! What do you love? What do you hate?

AUTHORS – please DO post your book links and tell us what you’re currently working on! You might find your next big fan right here.

Life’s not all champagne and roses…but in here it is.

It’s a closed group, so only members can see what’s posted there.  Personally, I love the freedom that comes with such a private discussion group. For example, while I may not post a photo of a hot, shirtless guy on my regular Facebook page so as to scandalize my mom, my daughter, past classmates, and current and former coworkers, I WILL post it in RNAA, much to the delight of its members. 

As I’d expected, romance readers seemed thrilled to have a semi-secret, non-judgmental place to discuss their passions.  What did surprise me was the number of romance writers in need of support. I’m blessed with non-romance reading yet supportive family members, so it’s easy for me to forget that not everyone is so lucky. One writer said she is criticized for writing “that mama porn” and another writer said her family judged her for writing male/male romance. She asked if that kind of thing was welcome in the group (the answer was HELL yes and please post the link…)

It may seem like a silly problem, but nobody likes to be made fun of for the things they enjoy. Of course, we folks in the group have a sense of humor about our obsessions, but we also enjoy talking about them openly in a safe place.

Like a lot of people, I was one of those little girls who loved all those princessy Disney movies and I guess I really never grew out of it.

I hope you will join us on Facebook as well as other social media platforms. Soon we will be launching an RNAA email list where you can get the latest on free, discounted, and new release romance novels sent right to your inbox!