Book Recommendation – Tropical Kiss or Miss by Liwen Y. Ho

Book Description:

Two friends-turned-lovers learn to give each other and their marriage a second chance.

Therapist Olivia Chan can’t wait to escape it all—a failed marriage, a struggling practice, and her son Micah’s recent health scare. The Hawaiian getaway she planned, however, gets rained on—quite literally—by a tropical storm and the unexpected arrival of her estranged husband Matthew, who’s determined to win her back.

Forced to confront the past, will Olivia and Matt learn to love again? The fear of rejection is great, but God’s grace is greater. With the help of their son’s prayers, this marriage might just weather life’s storms and come out for the better.

*Fans of split-time romance will enjoy this story that takes place in two timelines and highlights how decisions from the past can affect the future.

Narelle’s Thoughts:

I enjoyed reading Tropical Kiss or Miss, a split time romance novella set in the Bay Area, California, and Hawaii. Olivia is a marriage therapist who’s separated from her husband, Matt. He’s a journalist who was Olivia’s brother’s best friend when they first met. Matt is a workaholic with a history of prioritizing work over family.

The split time story structure unpacks the stages of Olivia and Matt’s relationship from first meeting through to the present day. Olivia is a massive fan of the tv series, Lost, which was filmed in Hawaii where her brother now lives. I recommend Tropical Kiss or Miss to contemporary romance readers who like split time married couple romances with redemption and forgiveness themes and a relevant faith element in the story.

Countdown to Christmas: Day 1 – Christmas Eve

It’s Christmas Eve and the final day that I’m posting my Countdown to Christmas Reading Journal. I hope you have a lovely and blessed Christmas and New Year. Happy Christmas reading. 🙂

Today I’m sharing my electronic journal entry for The Christmas Box by Jessica Wakefield.

My book recommendation for The Christmas Box can be found at the following link: https://www.narelleatkins.com/book-recommendation-the-christmas-box-by-jessica-wakefield/

Countdown to Christmas: Day 2

It’s Day 2 in my Countdown to Christmas Reading Journal. Today I’m sharing my electronic journal entry for Christmas Ella by Angela Ruth Strong.

My book recommendation for Christmas Ella can be found at the following link: https://www.narelleatkins.com/book-recommendation-christmas-ella-by-angela-ruth-strong/

Countdown to Christmas: Day 3

It’s Day 3 in my Countdown to Christmas Reading Journal. Today I’m sharing my electronic journal entry for All’s Fair in Love Christmas by Sarah Monzon.

My book recommendation for All’s Fair in Love and Christmas can be found at the following link: https://www.narelleatkins.com/book-recommendation-alls-fair-in-love-and-christmas-by-sarah-monzon/

Countdown to Christmas: Day 4

It’s Day 4 in my Countdown to Christmas Reading Journal. Today I’m sharing my electronic journal entry for Potato Flake Christmas by Cathe Swanson.

My book recommendation for Potato Flake Christmas can be found at the following link: https://www.narelleatkins.com/book-recommendation-potato-flake-christmas-by-cathe-swanson/

Countdown to Christmas: Day 5

It’s Day 5 in my Countdown to Christmas Reading Journal. Today I’m sharing my electronic journal entry for Can’t Fight the Mistletoe by Jaycee Weaver.

My book recommendation for Can’t Fight the Mistletoe can be found at the following link: https://www.narelleatkins.com/book-recommendation-cant-fight-the-mistletoe-by-jaycee-weaver/

Countdown to Christmas: Day 6

It’s Day 6 in my Countdown to Christmas Reading Journal. Today I’m sharing my electronic journal entry for Mama Dated Santa by Amy R. Anguish.

My book recommendation for Mama Dated Santa can be found at the following link: https://www.narelleatkins.com/book-recommendation-mama-dated-santa-by-amy-r-anguish/

Book Recommendation – The Christmas Box by Jessica Wakefield

Book Description:

Three Christmas Novellas

Can Christmas be saved by a mysterious box? Join three couples across three decades as they find love in places they least expected it.

1995: Braving Christmas

Amy Franklin is in love with her best friend. Years of family rejection have left her unable to tell Chris Lawrence how she feels for fear of history repeating itself. But as she becomes the key to saving his family’s Christmas tree farm, she realizes teaming up with Chris permanently might just be worth being brave after all.

2005: Risking Christmas

Holed up in a cabin in Connecticut during a blizzard, chef Josh Keller is looking to finish a proposal for his new restaurant. But he didn’t count on getting snowed in with Nicole Abbot, the very food critic who derailed his career faster than you can say master chef. As the days drift by, Josh and Nicole form a tentative truce that might just turn into more.

2015: Faking Christmas

Antonia Katsaros needs a fake boyfriend to attend her sister’s Christmas-themed engagement party, or she’ll never hear the end of it from her meddling family. In the mall, she meets Dylan Matthews, a guy more than ready to help the woman who helped his niece. Can their fake relationship turn real just in time for the holidays?

Narelle’s Thoughts:

The Christmas Box is an adorable collection of three short contemporary Christmas romance novellas set in the USA from Australian debut author Jessica Wakefield.

1995: Braving Christmas

In this cute friends-to-more novella, Amy is challenged to step outside the comfort zone of her Kansas small town and take a chance on a romantic relationship with Chris. She’s loved her best friend, Chris, for years, but she has to overcome her fears and abandonment issues, and help him save his family Christmas tree farm.

2005: Risking Christmas

In this fun enemies-to-love novella, Josh is a chef and Nicola’s the harsh food critic reviewer who he blames for closing down the restaurant where he used to work. Josh wants to open a restaurant in New Haven. Sparks fly from forced proximity when Josh finds himself stranded with Nicola and her sweet little dog in a cabin during a Connecticut blizzard.

2015: Faking Christmas

In this sweet fake relationship novella set in NYC, Antonia is drowning in Greek family expectations that she marry and have kids immediately. She needs a date for her sister’s engagement party at their family owned Greek restaurant to get her mom and her aunts off her case. When she’s at work and dressed in costume as Santa’s elf, she meets Dylan and his adorable niece, and a fake relationship seems like a good idea to appease her family.

The novellas have a Hallmark Christmas movie vibe and are underpinned by a subtle Christian worldview. I recommend The Christmas Box collection to contemporary romance readers who like sweet and clean Christmas romance novellas with a charming wooden box connecting the stories.

Book Recommendation – Falling for a Real Cowboy by Karen Baney

Book Description:

She’s trying to resurrect her career. He’s sworn off women. Will this city-meets-country duo find love where they least expect it?

Dalton J. Vargas the fourth has sworn off love. Women are just a distraction that keep him from running his family’s multi-million-dollar guest ranch near Wickenburg, Arizona. After his father announces an early retirement, the full burden of the ranch rests on his shoulders. When a city-slicker romance author stays at the ranch, Dalton’s perfect world turns to chaos.

River Sloane’s last workplace romance novel flopped—big time. Now her publisher wants her to write a modern-day cowboy romance, which she has resisted for years. When her publisher sends her to a dude ranch in the middle of nowhere Arizona, she must learn about cowboys and ranching to get her career back on track. One hunky cowboy stirs her heart and unexpectedly becomes her muse.

Will she let herself fall in love with the real cowboy or will she return to the life she left behind? Will Dalton open his heart to a new, lasting love?

Narelle’s Thoughts:

I enjoyed reading Falling for a Real Cowboy, book 1 in Karen Baney’s Vargas Ranch series. I read it fast because I kept turning the page to find out what happens next.

River is a romance author who has been asked by her publisher to write a cowboy romance. Her publisher generously arranges a research trip for River where she’ll stay at a dude ranch in Arizona. River finds herself stranded in a town near the ranch. Dalton, the ranch boss, is the closest person to town who can collect River and drive her to the ranch.

Dalton and River are immediately drawn to each other, despite their differences. River is from Columbus, Ohio, and she’s a fish out of water on a working ranch. The last thing Dalton is looking for is love, especially with a city girl who’ll be leaving soon.

A fun romance quickly develops as Dalton and River work to overcome the obstacles in their path to true love. I recommend Falling for a Real Cowboy to contemporary romance readers who like realistic instalove cowboy romances with a relevant faith element in the story.

Many thanks to the author for the advanced reader copy.