“Delay of Game” – Stephanie Kay

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Two grownups struggling with choosing to do the best thing for themselves.
Finn’s broken ankle needs several weeks of physical therapy to be in with a fighting chance of starting the Hockey season. He’s struggling to do what the PT is asking of him and not go at 1000 mph.
Sophia wants more for her life than working at her Family owned and run restaurant. After getting her dream job as a Physical Therapist’s Assistant, she’s struggling to say no to helping out at the restaurant in down time.
This is a sweet story with witty banter and great secondary characters. The push/pull of wanting something desperately for yourself and not being sure of how to get it without letting other people down is something we can all resonate with.

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“Stay” – Sarina Bowen, Elle Kennedy

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Matt is a divorced, Co-Parenting Hockey player, Hailey is a business owning virtual assistant with a crush on Matt. Cute, funny, quirky, Semi-workplace romance (He’s her client). Needed more puppy time, low angst, cute kids, excellent banter (especially when Blake from book 1 in the series shows up!)

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“A Man To Die For” – Suzanne Brockmann

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Felipe/Phil’s Story. Should be read after “Not Without Risk”. Felipe is deep undercover until he re-encounters Carrie who, the last time he saw her, Felipe had put her in the truck of her car. As he’s undercover as a mafia right hand man, things quickly go south, putting Felipe & Carrie on the run from both the expected bad guys and it turns out, good guys gone bad in the Police Force.
Felipe has to rely on his wits and his Ex-Con Big Brother Rafe to get him out of this mess alive. This story is a mostly about trust, particularly when you’ve been hurt or betrayed by someone in the past. Given that this is a re-release from 1995, it holds up fairly well except for the technology side of things. Plenty of pay-phones and no internet means it may not read well for younger readers.

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“Not Without Risk” – Suzanne Brockmann

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Second Chance romance between Detective James/Diego and Teacher Emily met many years ago when he was assigned to her college to help catch a campus rapist. She was on the student safety committee. An un-wise romance given their age/stage of life differences. He pushed her away after getting shot as he didn’t want her to waste her life on him.
7 or so years later after realizing the Super respectable guy she’s dating might be a drug importer of the serious kind, James gets assigned to play her brother to figure out what’s what. I do like that Suzanne Brockmann isn’t afraid to have her men cry in books, especially when they realized the level of heart break they’ve put our heroine’s through. A re-release from 1995, it stands up pretty well.

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“Running Back (New York Leopards #2)” – Allison Parr

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Archeologist Heroine, NFL Playing Hero. She’s looking for an Irish Lost City, He inherits the land she believes it lies beneath. As I wanted to be an archeologist when I was a kid I loved this heroine.
I loved all the secondary characters, especially the village of Killkarten. Even though our Hero was an NFL Player there was very little sportsing, leaving plenty of room for a slew of dysfunctional family dynamics that the story and the time frame gave plenty of space to work through. It was like taking a bunch of Americans and dropping them in Ballykissangel and seeing what happened. Themes of loyalty, death, family, abandonment, “the troubles” and reconciliation were well paced and well handled.

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“When I Met My Duchess” – Caroline Linden

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Gareth Cavendish, Duke of Wessex thinks he’s chosen the perfect girl to be his Duchess until he meets her spunky widowed sister and finds himself enthralled. Cleo loves her sister Helen to death and longs for her to escape the clutches of her overbearing parents. The Duke of Wessex is the best person to make that happen. Can she subjugate her own desires and put the needs of Helen first or will she betray her and risk even more separation from her family who already dismiss her for eloped to marry a merchant rather than a peer.
Oh the Angst! Loved it. I feel like it might be a Novella where the other characters we met have their own books? Not sure, but that takes nothing away from the book itself.

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“Keepsake (True North, #3)” – Sarina Bowen

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Having grown up in a faith background I’m wary of books where faith is part of the storyline. I’m very aware of the pro/cons of faith, where it goes wrong it’s vicious and things done in the name of God are unrecognizable to me in the God I’ve known. No need to worry here.
This feels like an accurate portrayal of a cult like upbringing subverted by experience with the “real” world.
Zach, our hero is just swoony. Perfect Beta hero. He is emotionally aware, if somewhat of a novice, he’s also aware of his weaknesses but doesn’t feel the need to overcompensate in a Rumspringer way. He takes the ribbing he gets well, and his “found family” only does it in love, it never feels like it’s to diminish him. He’s also
Lark’s backstory is pretty dark. A once fearless girl is shown what horror can look like. She heads to Vermont to see if she can escape her demons and find herself again.
This is a really tender romance, fairly low angst, definitely a slower burn. The area surrounding the orchard feels like another character in Sarina’s Series and makes me want to head to Vermont.

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“Breaking Away Series” – Meli Raine

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Struggled with this trilogy somewhat as it’s pretty much a YA and therefore not my favourite genre. Throw in a pseudo sex trafficking plot, a dastardly Step Father, dead Mom, a quirky gay BFF and our hero being the heir apparent to a Motorcycle club and it’s a lot to handle. Second Trilogy (Coming Home Series) featuring Mark, the brother of Chase in the Breaking Away series was better.

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“Cooking With Kandy” – Peggy Jaeger

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Kandy Laine is a superstar Cooking Guru, kinda like Rachael Ray but less annoying. After a series of suspected attempts on her life, her team calls in a private investigator/bodyguard. Classic Contemporary Romance with a dash of Romantic Suspense thrown in. Also Competence P0rn. There is never a moment where Kandy thinks of sidelining her business because of the shenanigans, she knows she has a literal empire resting on her shoulders. If she doesn’t work contracts get broken, people don’t get paid etc. I love our Hero who protected her but never compromised her agency. At times he was the perfect mirror for her to examine her work/life balance and her symbiotic relationships with her family members.

This series should come with a family tree in the notes as everyone working on TeamKandy is related in some way. It’s perfect sequel bait all over, will definitely check out more in the series.

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“A Time to Fall” – Jess Vonn

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Smalltown Contemporary Romance.
Winnie Briggs is looking for a fresh start in Bloomsboro, running away from heartbreak and hopefully to a less complicated life.
Winnie’s the new editor in chief of the city’s newspaper, our hero, Cal, is the Director of the Chamber of Commerce and Winnie’s Landlady’s Son, so their paths will cross often. He’s burdened by his father’s past and refuses to commit to a romantic relationship, Winnie has sworn off men. So when the sparks fly and they can’t deny their attraction to each other, they agree to a no-strings attached fling. Guess how that goes!
I really liked how grown up they were about their needs and wants, they actually talked things through in terms of their physical relationship at least (because of course we can’t talk about the feeling they caught) and CONSENT!! ALL THE CONSENT!!
P.S Cal cooking was the most swoony thing ever! Cooking to deal with feelings instead of fighting? Yes please!
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