Top 10 New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2013

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It’s Top 10 Tuesday (hosted at The Broke and the Bookish) and the topic is:

TOP 10 BOOKS New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2013

I had a hard time chosing ten authors, because this year I mostly tried to finish some series and read something new from my oldies. I picked my favorites from the bunch and became quite happy in the end because they are all adult books, with a few romances along the way.

Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress, #1)

1.  Jeaniene Frost

I had a hard time starting this series last year and decided to stop, but on the second time, Cat and Bones made me realise they are perfect and this is my new UF author to follow.

Bound by Night (MoonBound Clan Vampires, #1)

2.  Larissa Ione

I started two series from her and loved her creations, the universe and the vampires are so different. Will finish her series next year for sure.

Shadowed (Dark Protectors, #6)

3.  Rebecca Zanetti

She made me read two series back to back. She became my rush to buy author this year and her books are full of alpha males, so everything is extra hot. You can pick with cowboys or vampires.

The Darkest Night (Lords of the Underworld, #1)

4. Gena Showalter

I have heard great things about this series, but it’s huge and I got a little scared, but those first books took my breath away. Loved the bromance, the fighting and the love. Felt to me like BDB. Gena is an author that I will read more next year.

Gone with the Wolf (Seattle Wolf Pack, #1)

5. Kristin Miller

Supernatural was my thing this year, but I barely read anything about wolves. This book was one of few and the author was a nice surprise for me. I already have book two waiting to be read.

The Look of Love (The Sullivans, #1)

6. Bella Andre

I fell in love with the Sullivans on the first book and this one became one of my favorite contemporary romance series. The covers are gorgeous and we can clearly picture them as everyday people.  Bella made an incredible series.

Recipe for Attraction (Madewood Brothers, #2)

7. Gina Gordon

For some reason I love when a big alpha male can cook. I think it makes them cute and super normal, even if not all men can do that. This series is all about start over. I liked the first book and loved even more the second. Can’t wait for more Madewood brothers.

Wrong Bed, Right Guy (Come Undone, #1)

8. Katee Robert

She was a great surprise for me. I loved the first book and had to read the rest ASAP. Tha is a proof to me of a great author. Katee creates those sizzle hot scenes with big alpha male fighting love.

Tempted by Her Boss (The Renaldis, #1)

9. Karen Erickson

This was one of my latest read this year and one boring afternoon I decided to read a freebie that I had from Amazon, turns out the story was only a prequel for a new series and I got so hooked that dispise my big TBR, the series got read. Loved her creation and these romances were full of feelings and drama.

One to Keep (Nights in Bliss, Colorado, #3)

10. Sophie Oak

I love erotica and this book is the perfect example of a great erotica romance, because not everything has to be perfect, not everyone needs to know your secrets and most of all you need to trust your partner. Sophie create a cute and very charming town where love can be whatever you desire. I’m slowly reading this series and loving the different aspects of love she creates with each book.

Have you read any of those series?

Romance Review: Expecting a Bolton Baby by Sarah M. Anderson

Expecting a Bolton BabyExpecting a Bolton Baby by Sarah M. Anderson
Series: The Bolton Brothers
Publisher:
Harlequin
Format:
ARC
ISBN: 0373732805
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release date: November 5th 2013
Number of pages: 192
Source: NetGalley

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Summary:

In this Bolton Brothers book, first comes the baby and maybe then comes marriage?

He’d never expected to see Stella Caine again. After one wild night, she’d walked away right after revealing that her father was the one man who could threaten the biggest business deal of Bobby Bolton’s career. So Bobby left her alone.

Until now.

Now Stella is pregnant and staying in his condo. This is a complication that can be solved only one way: marriage. Bobby wants to do the right thing. Hell, he wants her–he has never stopped wanting her. Surely he can convince her to say yes, even without those three little words.

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Review:

I think this is the last book in this series, but not my favorite because I was never a fan of Bobby and he sound like a giant ass during the first two, but now we got to see his reasons and why people think less of him. I have to say he was better than I expected and treated Stella like a lady even after she told him about the pregnancy. He acted like a true Bolton.

Stella was a difficult character for me because she’s cold and very suffered a lot in her childhood, but after all those years she can’t find her place and that for me was a strange think, considering how much she tried to escape her father tyranny. I wanted more bravery from her especially because she lived in another country and could live as she wished.

These two needed to deal with some trust issues first, but they made a cute couple. And we got to see more of those badass Bolton Brothers again.

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Series in Order

#1 – Straddling the Line
#2 – Bringing Home the Bachelor
#3 – Expecting a Bolton Baby

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Romance Review: Always On My Mind by Bella Andre

Always on My Mind (The Sullivans, #8)

Always On My Mind by Bella Andre
Series:
The Sullivans
Publisher:
Harlequin
Format:
ebook
ISBN: B00B28BR6U
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release date: March 5th 2013
Number of pages: 214
Source: Bought
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Summary:

Lori “Naughty” Sullivan finally falls in love in ALWAYS ON MY MIND, the new book in Bella Andre’s New York Times and USA Today bestselling series about the Sullivan family.

After a tragic loss three years ago, Grayson Tyler left his life in New York City behind and started over in the rolling hills of the California coast. He’s convinced himself that all he’ll ever need again is the blue sky, a thousand acres of pasture, and the crashing waves of the ocean. Until one day, Lori Sullivan barges into his life and promptly blows his emotionless and solitary world to shreds, driving him crazy as only a woman nicknamed “Naughty” can. But will Lori be able to convince him that it’s safe to love her…and that forever isn’t actually out of reach?

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Review:

I have to confess that this book was extra high on my wishlist, but after I read the summary and discovered that Lori’s happy ending was nothing to different, she got a nice guy and changed her life completely. I wanted more and her past relationship was a drama, but could have been more explored in this book.

Grayson was a nice surprise because at first I tohugh he was just another farmer, but he showed a very different and tortured side with pain and suffering. His family was barely there and he needed someone to actually help him, Lori was the perfect person to do that.

And here is my problem with this book, because I was supposed to love Lori and the changes in her life, but in reality I liked Grayson more and more during the sotry.

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Series in Order

#1 – The Look of Love
#2 – From this Moment On
#3 – Can’t help falling in Love
#4 – I Only Have Eyes for You
#5 – If You Were Mine
#6 – Let Me Be The One
#7 – Come a Little Bit Closer
#8 – Always on My Mind
#8.5 – One Perfect Night
#9 – The Way You Look Tonight
#10 – Kissing Under the Mistletoe
#11 – It Must Be Your Love (Expected publication: November 20th 2013)

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Romance Review: Christmas on 4th Street by Susan Mallery

Christmas on 4th Street (Fools Gold #12.5)

Christmas on 4th Street by Susan Mallery
Series:
Fool’s Gold
Publisher:
Harlequin
Format:
ARC
ISBN: 0373777825
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release date: September 24th 2013
Number of pages: 336
Source: NetGalley

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I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Summary:

There’s nowhere better to spend the holidays than with New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery in the town of Fool’s Gold, where love is always waiting to be unwrapped… Noelle Perkins just got a second chance at life, and she intends to make the most of every minute. That’s why she ditched a frustrating legal career to open her own store in Fool’s Gold, California. The Christmas Attic celebrates everything that’s magical about her favorite season. Business is booming, and as a bonus, gorgeous army doctor Gabriel Boylan has offered to help out during the holiday rush.
Gabriel’s memories of Christmas past contain more sour grapes than sugar plums, thanks to a drill sergeant father who ran his home like a boot camp. Spending the holidays with his family while he recuperates from injury sounds as appetizing as last year’s eggnog. Still, there are some enjoyable distractions in town, including sunny, sexy Noelle…and the red-hot mistletoe kisses they can’t stop sharing.
Gabriel didn’t think he was made for happily-ever-afters. But when fate hands you a love as sweet and surprising as this, only a fool could refuse….

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Review:

This novella was actually really long and I liked the fact we got to understand more of Boylan family. This is the closing link in this trilogy and we got to see Gabriel falling in love and rediscovering his family.

Noelle we had met previously in this trilogy and she was hiding something, but never got to actually say anything about it with the other girls, but this time she met an infuriating man and he got to know her secrets. She didn’t do anything wrong, but life wasn’t easy either and now she’s starting new with her Christmas store.

This book is set during Christmas and I love the setting, the places and of course there’s always snow so everything is better. But this year Christmas was a little hard and Noelle needed help, so Gabriel was the perfect match because he was running from his family and trying to discover what to do with his future.

I loved this couple and of course meeting those other couples again. But the best part was Christmas and getting the family together again.

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Series in Order

#1 – Chasing Perfect
#2 – Almost Perfect
#2.5 – Sister of the Bride
#3 – Finding Perfect

#4 – Only Mine
#5 – Only Yours

#6 – Only His
#6.1 – Only Us
#6.2 – Almost Summer
#7 – Summer Days

#8 – Summer Nights
#9 – All Summer Long
#9.5 – A Fool Gold’s Christmas
#9.75 – Halfway There
#10 – Just One Kiss
#11 – Two Of a Kind
#12 – Three Little Words
#12.1 – Fool’s Gold Cookbook
#12.5 – Christmas on 4th Street

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Romance Review: A Cowboy to Come Home To by Donna Alward

A Cowboy To Come Home To

A Cowboy to Come Home To by Donna Alward
Series: Cadence Creek Cowboys
Publisher: Harlequin
Format:
ARC
ISBN: 1460315545
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release date: July 1st 2013
Number of pages: 256
Source: Netgalley
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I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Summary:

Friendship?
Melissa Stone has done a fine job of avoiding her former best friend Cooper Ford. She was devastated when she discovered her husband was cheating on her, and felt doubly betrayed that Cooper had known all along….
Forgiveness…
But she can’t ignore him forever–especially now that they’re working together on a charity project! And as she and Cooper get closer again, she confides in him her plans to start a family–alone.
Fatherhood!
Cooper wants to be there for her this time–but would he really consider being the father of her baby…?

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Review:

I liked Melissa a lot, because after all the drama in her life she managed to land on her feet and create a new life. But she wants more and after her husband cheated on her she decided to create a new life all by herself, but things are not so easy and she is not happy.

I liked Cooper but he made a few mistakes, the biggest was not telling about the affair, because Melissa was his best friend, but her husband knew that he was in love with her and the drama was huge.

So he didn’t say anything and now a few years has gone bye and she didn’t forgive him, but he such a nice guy and things are heading a different way now that he wants to help Melissa.

I liked this romance and the way things changed after so many years. It’s always nice to see friends becoming something else. But Melissa fought a lot and Cooper never gave up.

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Series in Order

#1 – The Last Real Cowboy
#2 – The Rebel Rancher
#3 – A Cowboy to Come Home To
#4 – A Cadence Creek Christmas
 

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Romance Review: The Divorce Party by Jennifer Hayward

The Divorce Party

The Divorce Party by Jennifer Hayward
Publisher: Harlequin
Format:
ARC
ISBN: 0373131895
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release date: September 17th 2013
Number of pages: 192
Source: Netgalley
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I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. 

Summary:

“You threw your fifty-thousand-dollar engagement ring off the Brooklyn Bridge?”

Lilly shows up to her lavish divorce party with one goal in mind—to leave as quickly as possible minus a husband! Except he has other plans…and Riccardo De Campo isn’t easy to say “no” to.

Forced back into Riccardo’s glittering, gossip-fueled world, the price of perfection is still too high and Lilly’s old insecurities resurface. An unexpected consequence of their reunion raises the stakes even higher, and the media’s golden couple must finally confront the truth behind the headlines.

Congratulations to Jennifer Hayward, winner of Harlequin’s 2012 So You Think You Can Write competition!

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Review:

I loved this tory, both suffered a lot before realizing their lives would be better and without all the drama if they only talked and discussed their problems. Lilly tried so her to be perfect and never for one minute thought about sharing her demons with Riccardo.

I really liked the way Riccardo decided to change the destiny and make things right again, he never gave up, but he truly loved her, he made some mistakes and I realize he was wrong about some choices, but they both changed now and the year part made them see some things differently now.

I think the separation was good for both of them, because it gave Lilly some independency and made her more strong, and Riccardo needed this time to put some perspective in the way he was treating Lilly.

These two made me cry and I was really happy in the end, so this was a perfect romance and a debut too.

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Romance Review: Come a Little Bit Closer by Bella Andre

Come A Little Bit Closer (The Sullivans, #7)

Come a Little Bit Closer by Bella Andre
Series:
The Sullivans
Publisher:
Harlequin
Format:
ebook
ISBN: 9781938127281
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release date: November 28th 2012
Number of pages: 400
Source: Bought
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Summary:

Movie star Smith Sullivan can’t afford any distractions. He’s staking his entire reputation on his new film…but he can’t stop thinking about Valentina Landon and the fire he sees smoldering just beneath the surface of her cool exterior.

Valentina isn’t averse to sensual pleasure, or even to the idea of finding true love, but as a Hollywood business manager she’s watched too many smart women fall for actors…only to be torn apart when the fairytale comes to its inevitable end.

But when intense weeks together on set turn their heated attraction into red-hot flames of passion, Smith knows he has to find a way to convince Valentina to let him get a little bit closer. Close enough to completely steal her heart…the way she’s stolen his from the start.

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Review:

Smith is always mentioned as the pretty one and he’s almost perfect, but I though his book would be boring. He’s an actor and very famous so all the girls want him, but this book showed a different side of his life and we got to see the person behind the movies.

He’s a decent guy and wanted to make a movie to change lives and send a message, not just for movie and we can see this project is really important to him, because he wrote and is also directing the movie, but I liked that in the middle of all this he decided to pursue happiness too.

Valentina wanted nothing to do with him and we can clearly understand her reasons, but Smith is such a nice guy and he pays attention to her needs and her pleasures too. He wooed her and she could not help, but fall in love with him and I don’t blame her a bit.

This was a nice book and I liked Smith more than Valentina. Her family is a bit insane and the end was a little rushed to me, but we got to see the rest of the family and a wedding too.

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Series in Order

#1 – The Look of Love
#2 – From this Moment On
#3 – Can’t help falling in Love
#4 – I Only Have Eyes for You
#5 – If You Were Mine
#6 – Let Me Be The One
#7 – Come a Little Bit Closer
#8 – Always on My Mind
#9 – The Way You Look Tonight 
#10 – Kissing Under the Mistletoe

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Romance Review: Three Little Words by Susan Mallery

Three Little Words  (Fool's Gold #12)

Three Little Words by Susan Mallery
Series:
Fool’s Gold
Publisher:
Harlequin
Format:
ARC
ISBN: 0373777787
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release date: July 30th 2013
Number of pages: 336
Source: NetGalley
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I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Summary:

Can first love turn into the real deal in a sizzling new Fool’s Gold story from New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery? Isabel Carlisle thinks she’s cursed in the romance department. Her teenage crush, Ford Hendrix, ignored all her letters. Her husband left her for another…man. So Isabel has come home to dust off her passion for fashion and run the family bridal shop until her parents are ready to sell it. Then she’ll pursue her real dreams. At least, that’s the plan, until sexy, charming Ford returns and leaves her feeling fourteen all over again….

Seeing Isabel all grown up hits bodyguard trainer Ford like a sucker punch. Back when heartbreak made him join the military, her sweet letters kept him sane. Now he can’t take his eyes-or his lips-off her. The man who gave up on love has a reason to stay in Fool’s Gold forever-if three little words can convince Isabel to do the same….

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Review:

This was a two for one romance for me because we got to see two brothers finding their happily ever after and I really enjoyed watching those Hendrix boys with their matches.

I was hoping for a full book and to learn more of Kent story and his past, but we got so little of him in this story. I wanted more. His kid is a great teenager and after the big scape in the previous book he seams to be doing okay now.

But Ford was the leading character and I liked watching him and he was trying really hard. It’s not simple to live in Fool’s Gold without everyone knowing your secrets, but he was managing just fine, the only problem was his mother deciding to find a woman for him. Really?

But I liked the way he kept a very simple relationship with Isabel and he even remembers her, from before he enlisted. He was engaged to her sister, but we can clearly see they are better off separate and both are happier now.

Isabel is such a nice girl and she has a broken heart too, so spending this time in her family home is already stressful, but Ford actually helped her. These two are so cute together.

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Series in Order

#1 – Chasing Perfect
#2 – Almost Perfect
#2.5 – Sister of the Bride
#3 – Finding Perfect

#4 – Only Mine
#5 – Only Yours

#6 – Only His
#6.1 – Only Us
#6.2 – Almost Summer
#7 – Summer Days

#8 – Summer Nights
#9 – All Summer Long
#9.5 – A Fool Gold’s Christmas
#9.75 – Halfway There
#10 – Just One Kiss
#11 – Two Of a Kind
#12 – Three Little Words
#12.1 – Fool’s Gold Cookbook
#12.5 – Christmas on 4th Street

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Romance Review: Two of a Kind by Susan Mallery

Two of a Kind (Fool's Gold, #11)

Two of a Kind by Susan Mallery
Series:
Fool’s Gold
Publisher:
Harlequin
Format:
ARC
ISBN: 1460315154
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release date: June 25th 2013
Number of pages: 384
Source: NetGalley
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I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Summary:

Felicia Swift never dreamed she’d hear a deep, sexy voice from her past in tiny Fool’s Gold, California. The last time Gideon Boylan whispered in her ear was half a world away…on the morning after the hottest night of her life. Her freaky smarts have limited her close friendships, and romance, but she came to Fool’s Gold looking for ordinary. Gorgeous, brooding Gideon is anything but that.

Black Ops taught Gideon that love could be deadly. Now he pretends to fit in while keeping everyone at arm’s length. Felicia wants more than he can give-a home, family, love-but she has a lot to learn about men…and Gideon needs to be the man to teach her.

As these two misfits discover that passion isn’t the only thing they have in common, they just might figure out that two of a kind should never be split apart.

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Review:

We met Felicia in the previous book and I got the feeling her happy ending was coming real soon, but didn’t expected that much drama. Gideon sounded like a wounded guy, and he definitely hiding in Fool’s Gold, but they have a past together and after one encounter we can clearly see they also have feelings too.

So it was nice watching these two decide to just enjoy the moment, because let’s face it that is not the best choice and Felicia is so smart to fall for that. Another surprise to us all was Carter. I don’t have anything against him, but he sounds more like Felicia than is necessary in this book.

Carter discovered that his adopted family was going to separate and he needed to find a new place to stay, so he decided to discover where his father is after all those years, detail the boy is only 13. Too young to now all these. But I liked how in the middle of all the drama we can see that he was good for this couple and united them.

I liked Felicia new job and it’s very important to the town, but she had a few difficult moments. Overall, this was one of the best books in this series.

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Series in Order

#1 – Chasing Perfect
#2 – Almost Perfect
#2.5 – Sister of the Bride
#3 – Finding Perfect

#4 – Only Mine
#5 – Only Yours

#6 – Only His
#6.1 – Only Us
#6.2 – Almost Summer
#7 – Summer Days

#8 – Summer Nights
#9 – All Summer Long
#9.5 – A Fool Gold’s Christmas
#9.75 – Halfway There
#10 – Just One Kiss
#11 – Two Of a Kind
#12 – Three Little Words
#12.1 – Fool’s Gold Cookbook
#12.5 – Christmas on 4th Street

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Romance Review: Just One Kiss by Susan Mallery

Just One Kiss  (Fool's Gold #10)

Just One Kiss by Susan Mallery
Series:
Fool’s Gold
Publisher:
Harlequin
Format:
ARC
ISBN: 0373777604
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release date: May 28th 2013
Number of pages: 384
Source: NetGalley
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Summary:

He won’t hesitate to put his life on the line…but will he ever risk his heart?
Falling for Justice Garrett was a high point in Patience McGraw’s otherwise awkward adolescence. Even after he disappeared, Patience never forgot the boy who captured her heart. Now, he’s back in Fool’s Gold, California, and her passion for him is as strong as ever. But how can she trust that he won’t abandon her again-and her daughter, too?

When bodyguard Justice Garrett was a young man, witness protection brought him to this idyllic town and he never forgot its warmth, or the sweet beauty of his childhood friend. He’s returned to open a defense academy, and the Patience he once knew is all grown up. He can’t resist her smile, or her curves. But Justice’s past doesn’t make him husband, or father, material.

Patience and Justice think they’ll succumb to just one kiss… Then one more… Okay, just one night together. But they might learn that falling in love is beyond anyone’s control.

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Review:

I really liked Patience and her spirit, she suffered a lot in life and still manages to have dreams and hope. Plus she has a great daughter and a second chance with her best friend. Justice disappeared and it broke her heart, but now he’s back again and this time is for good, so these two totally deserved a fresh start.

I understood Justice reasons for staying away and her drama with a relationship all those years ago, but he could never forget that pretty girl and now she’s even better. So it was really hard for him to attempt to keep it casual.

I loved Patience family. Her mother got a second chance in love and after all the heartbreak her daughter can have a bigger family now. They are perfect together and Justice made a great decision in moving to Fool’s Gold.

I don’t want to spoil the news and those little things, but this was a happy book for me and a great addition to this series.

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Series in Order

#1 – Chasing Perfect
#2 – Almost Perfect
#2.5 – Sister of the Bride
#3 – Finding Perfect

#4 – Only Mine
#5 – Only Yours

#6 – Only His
#6.1 – Only Us
#6.2 – Almost Summer
#7 – Summer Days

#8 – Summer Nights
#9 – All Summer Long
#9.5 – A Fool Gold’s Christmas
#9.75 – Halfway There
#10 – Just One Kiss
#11 – Two Of a Kind
#12 – Three Little Words
#12.1 – Fool’s Gold Cookbook
#12.5 – Christmas on 4th Street