Review: Love Me (The Keatyn Chronicles #4) by Jillian Dodd

Title: Love Me
Author: Jillian Dodd
Series: The Keatyn Chronicles #4
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
My mom says that you can’t love someone until you learn to love yourself.
So even though Vincent is getting more and more scary.
Even though he’s doing a nationwide search for me.
I’m going to learn to love myself.

Well, I’m going to try.
Mostly, I want a boy to love me.
But which one?

Dawson – The gorgeous boy who made a mistake, but whose molten lava kisses and steaminess I can’t freaking resist.
or
Aiden – The God of all Hotties, who is practically infused with love potion. Who I thought liked me, but now says he wants to be my friend.
or
Brooklyn – The boy that first stole my heart. Who has always loved me. Well, until the whole cabana incident.

I mean, it was bad enough when there was sort of a love triangle, but now that I’m talking to B again, it’s like I’m in a love rectangle, or a rhombus, or something.

Oh, and did I mention Cooper Steele?
The new soccer coaching, health teaching, tattooed hunk?
Who Garrett sent to school to guard my body.
I mean, be my bodyguard.

But back to loving me.
I should forget about boys and worry about me.
Love me.
Like, eventually.

My Review:
I had a love-hate relationship with this book and I have a severe case of literary whiplash after reading it. Keatyn really frustrated me with her indecisiveness in this book and her inability to choose between Dawson and Aiden. I mean, it was totally obvious she should pick Aiden but it took her forever to get to that place. I felt so bad for Aiden – he was doing everything right and still having to watch her run from his arms to Dawson’s. I totally get that you can be crushing on more than one boy at a time, and I don’t have an issue with that, but I did have an issue with her kissing one and sleeping with another at the same time. Then B comes back into the mix and it got even more tangled. Despite my frustration with Keatyn, there is no denying this book was full of angsty drama and swoony romance and it’s annoyingly addictive. I’m totally rooting for Aiden now and I hope she ends up with him.

Again, the stalker plot is not really doing it for me but there are indications that she’s going to try and take back control of her life in the next book so I’m hoping this aspect of the story gets the development it needs as the series progresses.

Now, onto Adore Me.

Review: The Keatyn Chronicles: Books 1-3 by Jillian Dodd

Title: The Keatyn Chronicles: Books 1-3
Author: Jillian Dodd
Series: The Keatyn Chronicles #1-3
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Keatyn’s crazy life comes together in one perfect script in this special combined addition of the first three books in The Keatyn Chronicles.

Book 1 – Stalk Me Keatyn’s life is following the script she wrote for the perfect high school experience. She’s popular, goes to the best parties, dates the hottest guy, and sits at the most-coveted lunch table. But she’s thinking about giving it all up to date an adorable surfer. So she writes a new script. One where all the pieces of her life come together in perfect harmony. But little does she know, there’s someone who will do anything to make sure that doesn’t happen.

Book 2 – Kiss Me Keatyn’s always written scripts for her perfect life. But she never would have scripted this. She’s now at a boarding school, where she has new challenges to face. Like tutoring a hottie god that tortures her with his smile. And having the most popular girl hate her because of a guy. So she’s decided to stop trying to script her life and just live it. Because who knows how long she has left.

Book 3 – Date Me Keatyn’s giving up scripting her life. Sort of. She’s done with the God of all Hotties. She’s going to give her heart to the boy whose kisses are hotter than molten lava and who asked her to Homecoming in a big, crazy way. Because there’s so much to look forward to. Parties at the Cave. Homecoming festivities. Drama Tryouts. Shopping trips to NY. But things aren’t as perfect as they seem. She knows he’s still out there and getting more desperate. And even though she wants to pretend she’ll never see him again, she knows she will. And she’s afraid that this time, she might not get away.

My Review:
Book one finished – actual rating 3.5 stars. This book was hugely entertaining and it had me laughing out loud at the absurdity of it. I had literary whiplash keeping up with Keatyn’s changing feelings over the boys, but, you know what, I think it captured those teenage hormonally-fueled decisions and the enormous indecision as you are struggling to find your identity and your place in the world. It’s over the top drama and sexualization and all the conversations with her parents and their friends were totally unrealistic but I just laughed my ass off because I think the author wants you to take it tongue-in-cheek, so I did. Cush was great until he acted like an asshole, but, I forgave him. I blew hot and cold on Brooklyn – I did want them together at the start, and part of me is still hoping he’s her forever love, but he frustrated the hell out of me in this one because he did string her along and it wasn’t fair. Ultimately, I feel he’s too mature for Keatyn, and also not ready for a committed relationship. She’s still got a lot of growing up to do, and her behavior and inner monologue had me tearing my hair out at times. The writing is decent and the little scripts were fun. The reason this isn’t rated higher is because the plot was so weak and there were holes and it took all of two seconds to figure out who the stalker was. For a movie star’s daughter, Keatyn was ridiculously naive and quite juvenile at time. Loved the change of scenery at the end and new hot boys to drool over (I’m totally shallow like that.) Despite my issues with the plot, it was a hoot reading this book and I’m glad I bought this box set so I can get stuck into the next book. Overall, a decent start to a fun, light-hearted, entertaining series.

Book 2 – Loved the change of scenery in this one and the introduction to Dawson, Riley, Dallas, and the God of all hotties, Aidan. Keatyn is very indecisive at the start and it wasn’t cool that she was dancing and flirting wtih Aidan while having sex with Dawes. I totally buy the fact that you can have feelings for different boys at the same time, especially as a teenager, but acting on those feelings is another matter entirely. And, B is majorly in my bad books now – how could he do that to her? I wanted to strangle him. I thought he was going to end up her forever love and now I’m hoping he doesn’t cos he’s a total jackass. Loving her and Dawson and hoping they last the difference even though Aidan is totally swoon worthy. 4 stars

Book 3 – I was glad when Keatyn made a decision, drew a line on what was and wasn’t appropriate, and became a couple with Dawes. I was really loving how amazing he was for her until the end – WTF? I wanted to jump into my Kindle and throttle him and give her a big hug. The stalker plotline is weak and very much secondary and I wish it was better developed because I don’t feel the fear or tension. Character development was good in this one, especially with Keatyn and Aidan, and I love how she’s besties with Dallas and Riley – they are a great team. I’m invested in this series because of the romance. I love that there are several love interests once it doesn’t cross a line. And I loved that ending. Seriously, Keatyn is so dense that she didn’t realize that. Really hoping she ditches D and starts dating Aidan in the next book. Dawson doesn’t deserve to be forgiven. 4 stars.

Review: The Vincent Boys (The Vincent Boys #1) by Abbi Glines

Title: The Vincent Boys
Author: Abbi Glines
Series: The Vincent Boys #1
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Ashton is getting tired of being good, of impressing her parents and playing ideal girlfriend to Sawyer Vincent. Sawyer is perfect, a regular Prince Charming, but when he leaves town for the summer, it’s his cousin Beau who catches Ashton’s eye. Beau is the sexiest guy she’s ever seen, and even though he’s dangerous, Ashton is drawn to him.

Beau loves his cousin like a brother, so the last thing he wants to do is make a move on Sawyer’s girl. Ashton is off-limits, absolutely. That’s why he does his best to keep his distance, even though he’s been in love with her forever. When Ashton wants to rekindle their childhood friendship in Sawyer’s absence, Beau knows he should say no.

Ashton and Beau don’t want to hurt Sawyer. But the more they try to stay away from each other, the more intense their urges become. It’s getting way too hard to resist….

My Review:
This was everything my angsty-romance loving heart desired. Three besties and one messy love triangle. Hated that they cheated but, as the story unraveled we discover that Sawyer pretty much cheated both of them too. Beau is to die for – no wonder Ash couldn’t keep her hands off him! He was so protective of her, and I was completely swooning. The writing and pacing is great and it was a relatively quick read. Interested in reading Sawyer and Lana’s story as I want to see him get his HEA even if he was an ass to Ash in school during that week of hell. He was hurting, so it’s understandable.

Review: Dirty Secret (Filthy Politics #2) by Chelle Bliss and Brenda Rothert

Title: Dirty Secret
Author: Chelle Bliss and Brenda Rothert
Series: Filthy Politics #2
Rating: 4.5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Agent: Kennedy Barnes
Target: Phoenix Ash
Crimes: Computer Hacker, Money Launderer, Heartbreaker
Mission: Get close and survive

After living her life in the shadows as the daughter of a congressman’s secret affair , Kennedy Barnes joins ‘Project Greenlight’ – a clandestine intelligence organization. She’s out to prove she’s more than her father’s dirty secret.

One of her first assignments is simple. Get close to Phoenix Ash, collect enough evidence to put him away for life, and get out unscathed.

Phoenix Ash is a world renowned hacker. He’s pulled off some of the biggest heists in modern history, but never leaves a trace. He knows people are after him and that every day may be his last, but when he meets Kennedy Barnes everything changes.

Lines are blurred and secrets are exposed as Phoenix and Kennedy both discover they do have a weakness – for each other.

My Review:
Hot chemistry and edge-of-the-seat suspense combine to deliver an addictive read that I devoured in record time. I couldn’t put this one down until I finished it!

Brenda Rothert is one of my favorite authors but I’ve yet to read any of Chelle Bliss’s books – must rectify that soon if this novel is any indication of her writing style. I absolutely loved Dirty Secret from the first tantalizing page until the last. This was my kind of perfect read – chock full of steamy romance, pulse-pounding intrigue, interesting characters, intense suspense and skilful writing.

Nix was a great leading man – hot, argumentative, smart, and cunning, he could come across as a bit of an ass but he had a heart of gold underneath. My fav type of alpha male. I swooned over how protective he was of Kennedy, even though he was angry as all hell at her.

Kennedy was a kick ass black ops government intelligence agent and she was awesome!

I loved this couple and their chemistry was explosive – definitely fanning myself during this read!

I also really enjoyed the undercover subplot and the murky world of The Loft. There were plenty of dark, dangerous, suspenseful scenes where my heart was in my mouth. How they snagged the bad guy in the end was a bit too simplistic but I rolled with it anyway.

It was a tad slow moving at the start, for me, but apart from that, it was a superb book. Highly Recommended.

Actual 4.5 Stars

Thanks to the authors for providing a review copy of this book via Inkslinger PR in exchange for my honest review.

Review: Worth the Wait (McKinney/Walker #1) by Claudia Connor

Title: Worth the Wait
Author: Claudia Connor
Series: McKinney/Walker #1
Rating: 4.25 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
He broke her heart. When he finds out just how badly, it will break his too.

Nick Walker found the love of his life when he was just nineteen.

Found her.
Loved her.
Lost her.

It’s been ten years since Nick watched the only woman he ever loved walk out of his life. Now this FBI Special Agent will do anything to win her back.

But it won’t be easy…

Mia’s heart was shattered by Nick. They’ll have to face their painful past if they want a future, including Mia’s own secret about that day it all fell apart.

Do you believe in second chances?

My Review:
This was an emotional second chance love story that made my heart swoon and collapse in equal measure. I definitely had all the feels reading this one.

Nick and Mia were soulmates who found each other early in life. Nick had just been thrown into the deep end after his parent’s tragic death, and once Mia came into his life they both became quasi-parents to his younger siblings, especially to two-year-old Hannah.

I loved the way this book moved between past and present and how the story was slowly unraveled one layer at a time. I also loved both Nick and Mia and seeing them together from youth to adults I was completely perplexed as to how they could have split up because they were just so perfect together. I knew it was tied up with whatever happened to Hannah and when it was disclosed I felt my heart break right along with Mia. Watching their true love self-destruct was one of the hardest things and I had a painful lump in my throat throughout those chapters.

Circumstances reunite them ten years later and it’s clear they never got over one another, but the demons of the past were never resolved and they are still forming a solid obstacle, preventing them from reconnecting.

This one seriously tugged at my heart strings. I bounced from one emotion to another and I wanted to slap some sense into Nick on more than one occasion.

The ending was amazing and couldn’t have been more perfect.

I’m now totally invested in this series and it definitely makes me want to read the previous three McKinney books.

I enjoyed Claudia’s writing and although the inner monologue became a little repetitive in parts, in the main, it flowed well.

I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this if you enjoy well written contemporary romance with all the feels.

Thanks to the author for providing an ARC of this book via Netgalley.

Review: Back Check (Aces Hockey #4) by Kelly Jamieson

Title: Back Check
Author: Kelly Jamieson
Series: Aces Hockey #4
Rating: 4.5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance/ Sports Romance
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Blurb:
The so-bad-they’re-good alphas of hockey’s Chicago Aces are back in this emotionally charged novel of sex, love, and second chances from the bestselling author of Top Shelf and the Heller Brothers series.

Tanner Bennet hates weddings. They just remind him that he simply isn’t cut out for any kind of healthy, committed relationship—never has been, never will be. After getting rejected by the girl he thought was “the one” all those years ago, he made a huge mistake and married the wrong person. Now that the divorced heartbreaker has reluctantly agreed to be a groomsman for one of his NHL teammates, the last thing he expects is a chance at redemption with the one that got away.

After Marc Dupuis of the Chicago Aces hires wedding planner Katelyn Medford, she discovers that her big break comes with a twist: a reunion with her college sweetheart. The way she dumped Tanner still haunts her. Eight years—and three broken engagements—later, Katelyn knows she’ll never have that kind of innocent, wide-eyed passion again. Still, she and Tanner soon generate enough body heat to burn up the sheets. And even with Tanner’s career with the Aces up in the air, Katelyn’s wondering whether the time is right to let him in for real.

My Review:
Actual 4.5 stars.

I love a good sports romance and Back Check by Kelly Jamieson ticked all my boxes. This is a riveting second chances love story that packs plenty of emotional punch. Loved Tanner and Katelynn’s romance and it had me hooked from the first page until the last.

Tanner has pretty much given up on women after his disastrous marriage (and subsequent divorce) to a gold digger. Katelynn had been his college sweetheart and he thought she was the one but when he got signed for a New York team she refused to move with him and he forced himself to leave her in the past.

Katelynn has been engaged three times but always calls it off because she doesn’t love the guy enough. Tanner broke her heart in college when he left for NY. They had a heated row and he left and they never spoke again and she feels like he just ran away without facing up to the situation they were in, without giving her a real explanation.

Fate intervenes and they find themselves reconnecting when Lovey hires Katelynn as her replacement wedding planner. Very quickly our couple realize that they never got over one another and they rekindle their romance.

I loved this story! Loved how it didn’t take too long for them to get it on because the sizzling hot chemistry and soul-deep connection they shared continued to burn bright. How could any couple ignore that for long? Of course, the path of true love never runs smoothly, and Tanner lets her down again before recovering in spectacular fashion. That video, with his teammates cutting in, had me in stitches. It was beautiful and heartfelt and it gave me all the feels.

I really enjoy the worldbuilding in this series and love how we got to meet up with some of the other couples. I have only read Sidney and Jarod’s story (which I didn’t enjoy as much as this one) but I’m intrigued to read the earlier stories.

The balance between the hockey and romance was perfect, the banter was humorous and emotional, and the romance scenes were perfectly written. Tanner was swoony worthy in the extreme and I loved Katelynn’s independent career-woman streak. As an aside, Tanner’s dad was a total ass.

I loved that epilogue even if it was a little cheesy, but I love seeing our couples get their HEA.

Overall, this was a fantastic addition to the Aces Hockey series and one I would recommend if you enjoy well-written sports romance.
Thanks to the publisher for providing an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Review: Naughty or Nice: 6 Short & Sexy Holiday Reads by Jessie Logan

Title: Naughty or Nice: 6 Short & Sexy Holiday Reads
Author: Jessie Logan
Series: standalone
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Satisfy your cravings with these 6 flirty, dirty, and decadently more-ish short Holiday treats.

Naughty or Nice (M/F)
When twelve days of Christmas giving doesn’t help Lily gain her co-worker’s attention, maybe an outrageously sexy gift will.

Just Like Santa (F/F)
A school teacher finds some scandalous holiday satisfaction with her student’s aunt and her willing friends.

Baby, It’s Cold Outside (M/F)
Stranded in a blizzard with a younger man, what’s a red-blooded woman to do except turn up the heat?

Home For Christmas (M/F)
A poignant reunion between husband and wife with a surprise in store…

The Mysteries of Faith (F/F)
What happens when your best friend marries the man of her dreams, when only days ago she was in your bed?

Secret Santa (M/F)
Sophie’s Secret Santa gift has some unexpected and exciting consequences…the type of delicious consequences that’d see a girl permanently on Santa’s naughty list.

Pick up a copy today and ring in the Holidays with a…lusty moan.

***This book contains strong sexual content and language, and is intended for mature audiences only.***

My Review:
This was a super quick super fun read that is perfect for the holiday season.

Each story was really well written and it flowed beautifully. My favorite shorts were Naughty or Nice which is a dirty hook-up in the office next to the photocopier, lol. I also really enjoyed Baby, it’s Cold Outside. I had read the excerpt from this story on the Amazon page and it was that snippet that enticed me to download this book. Love the idea of a cougar enticing the boy (now man) she used to babysit! And there are some hot and steamy shower scenes, ROAR!!!!! And Secret Santa was great too with Sophie and Dean sneaking off to have their wicked way with one another. I’m not into F/F so I must admit I skipped those stories but the other stories are definitely worth reading.

A great holiday pick-me-up that will have you all hot and bothered and panting for more! I look forward to checking out more of this authors work in future.

Review: The Hero (Sons of Texas #1) by Donna Grant

Title: The Hero
Author: Donna Grant
Series: Sons of Texas #1
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance/ Romantic Suspense
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Blurb:
THE HERO’S HOMECOMING

Owen Loughman is a highly-decorated Navy SEAL who has a thirst for action. But there’s one thing he hasn’t been able to forget – his high school sweetheart, Natalie. After over a decade away, Owen is returned home to the ranch in Texas for a dangerous new mission that puts him face-to-face with Natalie and an outside menace that threatens everything he holds dear. He’ll risk it all to keep Natalie safe – and win her heart. . . .

Natalie Dixon has had a lifetime of heartache since Owen was deployed. Fourteen years and one bad marriage later, she finds herself mixed up with the Loughman’s again. With her life on the line against an enemy she can’t fight alone, it’s Owen’s strong shoulders, smoldering eyes, and sensuous smile that she turns to. When danger closes in, she holds close to the only man she’s ever loved…

My Review:
Donna Grant skillfully blends political espionage and second-chance romance in this thrilling read.

The cover and blurb attracted my attention immediately and I was delighted when I got the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book.

Owen and Natalie were high school sweethearts with their futures all mapped out. Until Owen dropped Natalie straight after graduation without a proper explanation. It’s been fourteen years since they last met one another and now fate has thrown them together in the midst of a crisis. It becomes clear that neither of them ever got over the other and that they are still crazy in love. Natalie tries to keep her distance to protect her heart while Owen realizes he made a terrible mistake in letting her go and he wants a do-over.

Owen is forced into the role of protector when Natalie’s job in the Russian Embassy drags her into the middle of an international biological warfare scandal. She faces up to things rather pragmatically and I enjoyed her character immensely. Owen was swoon-worthy in the extreme and who doesn’t love a hot, muscle-bound Navy-SEAL?

Owen’s family background is quite dysfunctional and none of the brothers have spoken in years. The situation involving their father brings them back together. Wyatt and Cullen seem to have interesting backstories too and I look forward to reading their books.

I thought the mix of political intrigue and romance was well balanced. There are times when Owen and Natalie get it on that seemed a bit ridiculous with the threat looming over them but it’s fiction so I just went with it. The romance scenes were well-written and I totally felt the strong connection between our couple and was rooting for them to get their HEA.

Donna is a great writer and the book flowed well – consistency was smooth.

In summary, this was a great read and a fab start to this interesting series. I look forward to reading The Protector next.

Thanks to the publisher for supplying a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Review: All The Ways You Saved Me (Love Unplugged #1) by Jamie Howard

Title: All The Ways You Saved Me
Author: Jamie Howard
Series: Love Unplugged #1
Rating: 4.5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Bianca Easton is the perfect senator’s daughter.

Law school? Check.

Camera-ready smile? Check.

A dull and boring existence? Double check.

But that was before. Before she lost her best and only friend in a tragic accident. Before she found that friend’s unfinished bucket list. Definitely before she turned her life upside-down by deciding to stay in New York for six months to finish it.

It’s while she’s checking off her first item on the list–buy coffee for a stranger–that she meets Ian Mathis. Between the tattoo sleeve curling up his right arm, his guitar-roughened fingertips, and the secrets shadowing his past, he’s a complication Bianca doesn’t need but desperately wants.

With every item they cross off the list together, Bianca uncovers a piece of herself that she’s buried under what’s expected, all the while breaking her own rules by falling hard for Ian. But when her six months run out, Bianca has to decide if she’s willing to risk her empty but picture-perfect life for a chance at real, messy love.

My Review:
Two tortured hearts find each other and forge a new path in life.

All The Ways You Saved Me by Jamie Howard is an emotional story that will tug your heartstrings and give you so many feels! It was a fantastic read jam-packed with complex, well-developed characters and the type of angsty, dramatic romance that I’m a sucker for!

Bianca has lived under her parents controlling ways for far too long. When her best friend dies, she takes it upon herself to finish her “bucket list of sorts” and thus begins a journey that brings her to Ian. Ian has been battling his own personal demons for the last two years and he has shut himself off from everyone and everything. This book explores the relationship between our two mains as they learn to open up to one another and fight for what they want in life.

At times this was very hard to read. Ian is a nice guy but he is so caught up in himself, and his problems, that he doesn’t see how his actions and his behavior are affecting Bianca. Bianca is used to toing the line, forgoing her own feelings in favor of others, and at the start, she did that with Ian too. However, as she became more independent and more determined to break out on her own, she faced up to the fact that he wasn’t meeting her needs and she called him out on it. I loved how strong she was to stay true to her convictions no matter how much she was hurting.

I loved how Ian’s story was gradually revealed, and how the pieces of the past fit together to bring us to this point in his life. It’s not that difficult to guess where the plot is going so I can’t say there were a ton of surprises, but it didn’t matter because this book was about so much more than that.

Although I struggled to get into the first few chapters, once I hit chapter four it all clicked and I devoured the rest super-fast! The writing and editing are great and the pace was consistent thereafter.

The emotional complexity and expertly-crafted characters are what made this book such a joy to read.

I was upset for Bianca after the wedding and disappointed in Ian that he took so long to explain things to her, but apart from that I have to say there is little I have to fault about this book.

Highly Recommended.

Actual Rating : 4.5 stars

Thanks to the publisher for providing a review copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

Review: Teach Your Heart (Bounty Bay #3) by Tracey Alvarez

Title: Teach Your Heart
Author: Tracey Alvarez
Series: Bounty Bay #3
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Some lessons are harder to learn than others…

Doctor O-for-Awesome Owen Bennett is all about fixing broken things. Then the arrival of his orphaned nieces and nephew for twelve weeks causes his workaholic life to plummet into chaos. Hiring the beautiful but unpredictable Gracie Cooper as a live-in nanny might just get him out of a tight spot…or it could seduce him into a reckless affair.

After four years flitting around Europe, waitress/dog-walker/au-pair Gracie Cooper has returned home to New Zealand. Her plans to hang out with her big brother change when Owen offers a perfect solution to her crippling university debt. In spite of her sexy-stick-in-the-mud boss, she’ll spend fun days playing in Bounty Bay’s sand and surf with three cute kids. At summer’s end she’ll follow the sun overseas again.

Gracie and Owen’s opposites-attract connection is so unexpected and powerful that their foundations are rocked. But some things aren’t easy to fix. Some past hurts can’t be run from forever. And the lessons they teach each other risk breaking their hearts.

My Review:
Every time I start a Tracey Alvarez book, I set aside plenty of time to read so that I can really savor the experience because I know it’s going to be an amazing read and Teach Your Heart was no exception. Tracey has a wonderful ability to create complex, multi-layered characters that dig their way into your heart and you can’t help rooting for them and praying they get their HEA. She also writes gorgeous romance and creates wonderful community-led settings and I always finish one of her books buzzing and chock-full of warm feels.

Owen is a workaholic who ends up having to take care of his two nephews and niece. Gracie is visiting her brother Glen and his fiancee, Savannah, and she ends up getting hired as a nanny to the kids. On the surface, both Owen and Gracie seem like polar opposites. She appears carefree and spirited and very easy going and laid back. He is quite stiff and set in his ways and initially came across as quite serious. However, as the story develops, and their relationship progresses we begin to see them in a slightly different light. Yes, they have those traits but they also have avoidance issues with neither of them facing up to problems choosing to flee (her) or bury their head in work (him) instead of tackling things head on.

The romance was sweet and sexy and I like the slow-burning nature of it.

There is a great cast of secondary characters, and I ADORED Charlie, William, and Morgan. You can tell Tracey is a mother because she writes very believable children’s characters. It was the same with book two in this series – I loved the kids and really warmed to them. In this book, their characters add so much to the story. Loved William and his HP obsession and some of Morgan’s carry-ons had me laughing. The House Rules were also hysterical. It’s this focus on the little details that really allows Tracey’s work to shine, that really make her books stand out from the crowd.

Things go a bit pear-shaped before they work out but it ended perfectly and that epilogue was AWW, so gorgeous, and now I’m in that happy-sad place because I loved it but I hate that it’s over.

Another fab read, Tracey – thanks so much!

In summary, this was an amazing read from an author who never fails to deliver. Thoroughly, Highly Recommended.