Series Review: Bachelors of the Ridge (Karla Sorensen)

Karla Sorensen is one of my favorite new-to-me authors of 2020. I’ve been slowly making my way through all of her books/series this year. After this series, I only have one more book to read and I will be caught up on her backlist. Here are mini reviews for each book in the Bachelors of the Ridge series.

Dylan
Series: Bachelors of the Ridge, #1
Author: Karla Sorensen
Publication Date: June 7, 2016
Publisher: Dutch Girl Publishing, LLC
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

My thoughts:

I had briefly met Dylan in his sister’s book in the Three Little Words series. Casey was a little high maintenance, so I was interested in getting to know her self-proclaimed closest brother better. I really enjoyed reading Dylan. Dylan was a great, normal guy. He took a chance and moved, where he met Kat. Kat had been a foster child and was about ten years younger than Dylan. I liked the dynamic their different backgrounds and ages brought to the story. It was sweet romance and reminded me why I enjoy Sorensen’s writing so much.

Garrett
Series: Bachelors of the Ridge, #2
Author: Karla Sorensen
Publication Date: October 21, 2016
Publisher: Dutch Girl Publishing, LLC
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ 

My thoughts:

Garrett was Dylan’s friend with the most charisma. I was happy his book was the second in the series because I wanted to know who would win his heart. I can’t decide how I felt about Garrett. On one hand, I really enjoyed this book because Garrett grew up a bit and came into his own. Uptight Aurora balanced out Garrett’s goofy personality. On the other hand, I wanted someone more fun for Garrett. This book was so serious and I loved how everything was handled, but I wish it had been more rom-com based on his personality. I wanted to have more fun with him.

Cole
Series: Bachelors of the Ridge, #3
Author: Karla Sorensen
Publication Date: March 22, 2017
Publisher: Dutch Girl Publishing, LLC
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ 

My thoughts:

Oh, boy. Cole. I’m not quite sure I was ready for the emotional pull Cole had. Cole had been divorced for years and still held a torch for his ex-wife, Julia. Julia comes back to town and a second chance romance begins. It was an emotional one dealing with infertility. Cole was such a good guy. Julia…I both loved and  hated Julia at times. They were a good couple, though. What they went through was not easy, but it was a great second chance romance. I loved how it ended.

Michael
Series: Bachelors of the Ridge, #4
Author: Karla Sorensen
Publication Date: July 26, 2017
Publisher: Dutch Girl Publishing, LLC
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

My thoughts:

Did I love that “playboy” Michael fell for single mom of twins, Brooke? Why, yes. Yes, I did. I had hoped this was going to happen based on a couple things I read in Cole, but the story was even sweeter than I imagined. I loved Michael and Brooke together. Add in Brooke’s adorable twins, and I bet you can imagine how adorable it was. I do wish it had been a little longer so I could find out more about how the ex ended up.

Tristan
Series: Bachelors of the Ridge, #5
Author: Karla Sorensen
Publication Date: July 25, 2018
Publisher: Dutch Girl Publishing, LLC
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

My thoughts:

With Anna being Garrett’s sister and married, I wondered how this one was going to play out. I liked how the demise of her marriage was dealt with. I loved how Anna took time to think about what should come next. I especially loved how Tristan took her situation into account. Getting to finally see under Tristan’s quiet demeaner was a huge plus. I knew I was going to adore his character from the first four books. Tristan was a sweet slow burn romance that I loved every minute of, and it was a great way to end the series.

Overall series thoughts:

Bachelors of the Ridge was a fun series to binge. Each book had Karla Sorensen’s pleasant story telling and writing. There was a little drama, but not too much drama involved in each book. This series is connected to the Three Little Words series. It’s fun to read those books first, but you absolutely don’t have to.

Series Review: Havenbrook (Brighton Walsh)

Hi, guys. I have a fun series to share with you today. A while ago, I downloaded Brighton Walsh’s Second Chance Charmer for free and it sat on my Kindle for an embarrassingly long time. I finally picked up it and I was hooked! You can probably tell what happened from there: a series binge. Here are my mini reviews for each book in the series.

Second Chance Charmer
Series: Havenbrook, #1
Author: Brighton Walsh
Publication Date: March 19, 2018
Publisher: Bright Publishing LLC
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

My thoughts:

I immediately fell in love with Brighton Walsh’s writing and the small town setting of Havenbrook. Finn and Willow were high school sweethearts who were finally getting a second chance at love. Finn’s attempt at winning Willow back and everything that was revealed during this was so much fun and very swoon worthy. I barely even noticed that it was written in third person and I am not a third person fan — that’s how much I enjoyed reading this sweet romance.

Hometown Troublemaker
Series: Havenbrook, #2
Author: Brighton Walsh
Publication Date: March 14, 2019
Publisher: Bright Publishing LLC
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

My thoughts:

After meeting uptight Rory Haven in Second Chance Charmer and the little insight I got into what was coming for her next with Nash, I couldn’t wait to start this book. I know Rory was supposed to be the stuck up princess, but I couldn’t help but feel sorry for her. She learned a lot with the implosion of her marriage and the road back from that wasn’t easy mentally. I found myself tearing up for her. And Nash… I loved the way he came to grips with his own past. Oh, and the way he went after Rory. It was just a really sweet romance.

Pact with a Heartbreaker
Series: Havenbrook, #2.5
Author: Brighton Walsh
Publication Date: July 11, 2019
Publisher: Bright Publishing LLC
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

My thoughts:

This little novella is a preview to the third book in the series that features the middle Haven daughter, Mac. It was set the story for the next book. I appreciated it because this novella because it could have been done in flashbacks in Captain Heartbreaker and I am not a fan of flashbacks. I would much rather have a novella like this.

Captain Heartbreaker
Series: Havenbrook, #3
Author: Brighton Walsh
Publication Date: March 31, 2020
Publisher: Bright Publishing LLC
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

My thoughts:

Captain Heartbreaker was a great second chance romance between childhood best friends. Mac and Hudson had amazing chemistry, but their friendship is what stood out. It was one of those where you go without seeing each other for years and fall right back into things. I loved that. I did get frustrated at times by both of their decisions, but it did make for a sweet romance.

Overall Thoughts:

This was such a fun series! I loved every moment with it. I’m really hoping Brighton Walsh gives us a book for Natalie, the youngest Haven. Oh, and Willow and Mac’s friend Avery, too! I’m really not done with Havenbrook and I hope Walsh isn’t either.

Mini Review: Rifts & Refrains (Devney Perry)

Rifts & Refrains
Series: Hush Note, #2
Author: Devney Perry
Publication Date: September 29, 2020
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

From the moment Quinn Montgomery sat behind her first snare and cymbal set, she was destined for fame and glory. As Hush Note’s infamous female drummer, she sets the rhythm for the band’s chart-toppings hits. When people tap their feet to their music, it’s to her pulse.

Quinn is content to live in a world away from her family and the cage of her youth. Her only regret is leaving Graham Hayes behind without a goodbye. No matter how many sold-out stadiums she plays, no matter how many crowds sing her songs, his voice haunts her when the music stops.

When a family tragedy forces her to return home to Montana, she plans to leave the second she’s paid her respects. But seeing Graham again turns her life upside down. As a boy, he wasn’t able to make her stay. As a man, he might be her future.

If they can mend their rifts and find solace in the refrains.


This book was so my thing with its Footloose-like vibes. Perry really did Quinn’s badass rock star character justice by showing what she was hiding behind her walls. I loved returning to her hometown in Montana and finding out how her past shaped her. A big part of that was her relationship with her childhood sweetheart, Griffin. I loved figuring out their past piece by piece and what it meant for their future. It was such a sweet and emotional story — exactly what I would expect from Perry. I loved every bit of it.

Review: The Enemy (Sarah Adams)

The Enemy
Series: It Happened in Charleston, #2
Author: Sarah Adams
Publication Date: August 20, 2020
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

It’s been twelve years since I’ve seen him. Twelve years since he won our war of wits by outsmarting me with a tactic I didn’t even know was allowed. But tonight…I resurrect the battle.

Ryan Henderson is back in town for our best friends’ wedding, and I plan on showing him exactly how much I don’t care about him—or the almost kiss he ruthlessly dangled over me after graduation.

A lot has changed since our feuding days. I’m a successful bakery owner now, and I plan to rub every delicious detail of my life in his ugly face.

Just one problem: his face is gorgeous.

He wasn’t supposed to look like this or pursue me like a sexy guided missile. I must stay strong until the wedding is over and Ryan scurries back into whatever alternate universe he escaped from.

His interest in me is nothing but a continuation of the games we played in high school…right?

But the longer he stays, the more I wonder if I’m wrong and his tender smile and heated attentions are genuine. Maybe it’s not a game.

Ha! Who am I kidding? This is Ryan we’re talking about. Of course it’s a game. A game called war. And this time, I will win.


About a month or so ago, Kayla and I buddy read Sarah Adams’ The Match. We both found it so adorable that we immediately decided we needed to buddy read the next book in the series. I’m so happy we did that because I found The Enemy to be just as charming as The Match. They were both set in the same city and had some favorite side characters tying them together, but the majority of The Enemy felt like a whole new world that was fun to discover. The Enemy one stood strong on its own.

What was so great about The Enemy? An incredibly fun wedding aspect brought crushes sworn enemies June and Ryan back together over and over after over a decade of not seeing each other. The animosity between the two ramped up in the best of ways. There was also some hilarious doughnut shop, restaurant, and friendship stuff that went on. What made this book truly magical was the chemistry between June and Ryan. Everything that went down between them was entertaining. Their relationship was the sweetest of sweetest slow burn romances. That chemistry was always there, but they took on their past and got to know each other better at a believable pace. There was also a TON of humorous moments — especially when it came to our adorably self-conscious heroine. It was all just so charming and adorable. I couldn’t get enough of it and stayed up WAY too late finishing it.

I’m actually sad that I sped through this book the way I did. I couldn’t help myself, but now I want more. I don’t even know if there is more coming because I haven’t seen a third book listed, but I REALLY hope there is. I want more of these delightful It Happened in Charleston books!

Review: The Player Next Door (K.A. Tucker)

The Player Next Door
Author: K.A. Tucker
Publication Date: June 14, 2020
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

From the international bestselling author of The Simple Wild and Ten Tiny Breaths comes a new second-chance, hate-to-love romance.

Scarlet Reed has returned to Polson Falls, convinced that twelve years away is long enough to shed her humiliating childhood identity as the town harlot’s daughter. With a teaching job secured and an adorable fixer-upper to call home, things in her life are finally looking up.

That is, until she finds out that Shane Beckett lives next door.

Shane Beckett, the handsome and charismatic high school star quarterback who smashed her heart. The lying, cheating player who was supposed to be long gone, living the pro football dream and fooling women into thinking he’s Prince Charming. Shane Beckett, who is as attractive as ever and flashing his dimples at her as if he has done no wrong.

Scarlet makes it abundantly clear that old wounds have not been forgotten. Neighbors they may be, but friends they most certainly are not. She won’t allow herself to fall for the single father and firefighter again, no matter how many apologies he offers, how many times he rushes to her aid, or how hard he makes her heart pound.

But as she spends more time with him, she begins to fear that maybe she’s wrong. Maybe Shane has changed.

And maybe this time she’s the one playing herself—out of a chance at true happiness.


The Player Next Door was a fun escape. It was a cute second chance romance. Scarlett was heartbroken after Shane broke up with her in high school. Now, years later, she’s back living in her hometown living next door to him. He’s determined to win her back, and Scarlett is determined to stay away from him. That doesn’t last long, and Scarlett discovers the feelings she had in high school might not be as far behind her as she thought.

I loved how lighthearted this book felt compared to some other of Tucker’s books.  The sweetness of Scarlett and Shane’s takes center stage. Their romance felt fun and natural. There was some deep stuff going on at times, but it never felt like too much. It also helped that there were so humorous moments with Scarlett’s friends. It was exactly what I needed in these heavy times. I’m hoping Tucker will make this a series and give Justine a book. I would LOVE to see her with Dean!

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Review: Southern Storms (Brittainy C. Cherry)

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Southern Storms
Series: Compass, #1
Author: Brittainy C. Cherry
Publication Date: April 2, 2020
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

All I wanted to do was run away, I never expected to crash into his arms…

After leaving the city life behind to escape my loveless marriage, I moved to small town Havenbarrow for a fresh start.

What I didn’t expect was to find myself drawn to the town’s black sheep.

They called him troubled. Cold. A man with a dark past.

What everyone seemed to miss about Jax was the splashes of light in his eyes. The random acts of kindness he performed when no one was watching. The way he made me smile and laugh.

Jax helped unpack the baggage I’d been carrying around with me. He was patient with my pain and gentle with my scars. He was the stillness during my hurricane.

Yet when both of our pasts came back to haunt our present days, we realized quickly that sometimes love stories didn’t end the way we’d hoped.

Sometimes you were left with only the damage from the storm.

*Book One in New Compass Series of Standalone Novels.


I hate to admit it, but I was hesitatnt to crack open Southern Storms — now, don’t get me wrong. It had nothing to do with the book and everything to do with how I have been feeling with the turmoil the world is in at this time. My emotions were already high, and I feared Ms. Cherry’s emotional writing style might just cause me to break. I was completely wrong about that. Even though Southern Storms hit me emotionally in tough ways, it also built me back up and filled my emotional cup, something I so very badly needed.

Jax and Kennedy… I feel like I can’t even begin to tell you how beautiful their love story was. They were both so broken, but also resilient. Neither of them knew that until the other helped prove it to them. They both just needed someone to lean on who understood. I don’t want to say much else because I don’t want to give anything away. Just know that this was a beautiful story about second chances in finding both oneself and love.

I did have a couple of small things that bugged me (maybe they will be changed prior to publication). One was a shock I got in one scene. It felt so out of character for Kennedy, but then it was explained and I got it. It just shocked me in a weird way. Not sure if I liked the direction or not, I still can’t decide. The other thing was revolving around Kennedy’s divorce. I felt like I needed something final about it…which will probably only make sense once you read the book. Nothing big, but I was left wondering about it.

Overall, Southern Storms was another brilliant, heartwarming novel by Brittainy C. Cherry. She continues to be a sorceress of words. Every story she writes pulls me under her spell, and Southern Storms did just that. I don’t know how to describe her writing other than magical. I can’t wait to find out what is next for the Compass series. (I kind of feel like maybe Amanda deserves a book next?)

 

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Review: Landon & Shay: Part 2 (Brittainy C. Cherry)

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Landon & Shay: Part Two, the not to be missed conclusion of the Landon and Shay duet by Brittainy C. Cherry, is available now!

Landon & Shay: Part 2
Series: L&S Duet, #2
Author: Brittainy C. Cherry
Publication Date: December 4, 2019
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Once upon a time, I fell in love with a boy.
A beautiful, broken boy who had his own world of struggles.

People warned me against our love, but I didn’t listen.
We looked weak, young, and foolish.
Dangerously in love.
We didn’t care.

In order to keep our hearts protected from the opinions of others, we became each other’s secret.
We shared stolen moments. Tender touches. Secretive embraces.

It was our twisted love story, and it worked for us up until our lives changed forever.

The boy I loved became Hollywood’s newest golden boy.
His career blossomed as mine stalled.
He found massive success as I discovered multiple failures.
He made something of himself, while my dreams never came true.

We moved into different realms where our pieces no longer fit together.

In the fairy tales, love conquered all.
In reality, love was the main reason empires began to fall.

I always knew Landon belonged in my story.
He was my beginning, middle, and end.
The only problem? I wasn’t certain I still belonged in his.

*Book Two of the Landon & Shay Duet.*


I feel like I’ve been waiting forever for Landon & Shay: Part 2. First, because of seeing parts of their adult relationship in Eleanor & Grey. Second, because Landon & Shay: Part 1 ended in a way that me very curious about the time between Part 1 and Eleanor & Grey. There was so many possible situations and circumstances that I needed to know what went down.

I’m thrilled to have finally had the chance to read Landon & Shay: Part 2. I wasn’t sure where it was going to pick up Landon and Shay’s story, and I loved that there wasn’t a huge gap in time. I got to see their romance play out over the years and it was such a special experience. This is Brittainy C. Cherry, so there was heartbreaking moments woven in with the heartwarming moments. The way mental health was approached was realistic and raw. There were so many emotions to be felt. It was a lovely reading experience (even when I was tearing up). I loved every moment of Landon and Shay’s romance. Ugh. I’m just so sad it’s over, though. I could have read on and on and on about them. I loved them that much.

Obviously, I loved the conclusion to the L&S Duet. I wouldn’t have changed one thing about it. Bravo Ms. Cherry for writing such a special, time-spanning, epic second chance romance.

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Review: Beard Necessities

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Beard Necessities, the final standalone in the bestselling romantic comedy Winston Brothers series from New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Penny Reid, is available now!

Beard Necessities
Series: Winston Brothers, #6
Author: Penny Reid
Publication Date: November 4, 2019
Publisher: Cipher-Naught
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Billy Winston’s family is going to see him happy and in love if it’s the last thing they do.

No one deserves a happily-ever-after quite as much as the second oldest Winston brother and his lady love, Claire McClure (aka Scarlet St. Claire). Cruelty and circumstance tore them apart almost twenty years ago. Secrecy and bitterness kept them separated.

But you know who’s tired of their separation and stubbornness? Everyone. Especially Billy Winston’s family. And now they’re going to do something about it.

Well-meaning interference means the star-crossed lovers can’t stop tripping over each other in the hills of Tuscany, the catacombs of Rome, and the waterways of Venice. Billy and Claire find themselves thrown together and at the mercy of the Winston siblings’ shenanigans.

But will their forced proximity bring them together? Or push them even further apart?

This second-chance romance brings back the entire Winston gang, playing cupid in one last story of love, hi-jinks, and family collusion.

BEARD NECESSITIES is a full-length contemporary romantic comedy, and can be read as a stand-alone, but it’s probably best read after books 0.5, 2, 3, 5, and 6 of the Winston Brothers series.


If Beard with Me was a storm, Beard Necessities was the rainbow left in its aftermath. It was everything I needed after finishing Beard with Me. It brought hope, love and understanding in all the ways I wanted. I honestly couldn’t think of any better way to complete Billy and Scarlett’s story. It was filled with all the Winston goodness. Everyone in action to help push Billy and Scarlet together was heartwarming and hilarious. I couldn’t get enough of it. Add in the fact that there’s an epilogue that wraps up the series perfectly, and I couldn’t ask for more. Well, maybe a new Winston sibling to keep the series going, but I get that it has to end at some point.

Thank you, Penny Reid, for bringing us all full circle with Beard Necessities.

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Review: The One for You (Roni Loren)

The One for You
Series: The Ones Who Got Away, #4
Author: Roni Loren
Publication Date: December 31, 2019
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

The highly-anticipated fourth book in Roni Loren’s unforgettable The Ones Who Got Away series.

She got a second chance at life.
Will she take a second chance at love?

Kincaid Breslin wasn’t supposed to survive that fateful night at Long Acre when so many died, including her boyfriend—but survive she did. She doesn’t know why she got that chance, but now she takes life by the horns and doesn’t let anybody stand in her way

Ashton Isaacs was her best friend when disaster struck all those years ago, but he chose to run as far away as he could. Now fate has brought him back to town, and Ash doesn’t know how to cope with his feelings for Kincaid and his grief over their lost friendship. For Ash has been carrying secrets, and he knows that once Kincaid learns the truth, he’ll lose any chance he might have had with the only woman he’s ever loved.


Roni Loren saved the best for last with The One for You. It is by far my favorite book in The Ones Who Got Away series. I want to say there was something so special about it, but it wasn’t just one thing. It was the whole package.

Kincaid has always been the character who stood out for me throughout the whole series. She’s the reason why I kept reading the series because I didn’t want to miss out on anything that led up to her book. I was greatly rewarded for keeping up with the series because Kincaid’s story was EVERYTHING. She thought she lost everything that fateful night of the shooting. While she did lose someone very important to her, she didn’t lose everything. I loved how it took her estranged best friend Ash turning up in town to show her that.

Ash… I didn’t expect his back story to be as important to me as Kincaid’s, but it was. He was such a great guy. He was generous and kind. Ash truly wanted the people he loved to be happy, even if it was at his own expense. His friendship with Kincaid and the direction it took in this book warmed my heart. It was the type of best friends to lovers / almost second chance at love story a romance reader loves.

I truly adored The One for You. It brought the entire The Ones Who Got Away series full circle and ended it in the best way possible. Kudos to Loren for giving us the story we have been waiting for.

Review: Love Her or Lose Her (Tessa Bailey)

Love Her or Lose Her
Series: Hot & Hammered, #2
Author: Tessa Bailey
Publication Date: January 14, 2019
Publisher: Avon
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Rosie and Dominic Vega are the perfect couple: high school sweethearts, best friends, madly in love. Well, they used to be anyway. Now Rosie’s lucky to get a caveman grunt from the ex-soldier every time she walks in the door. Dom is faithful and a great provider, but the man she fell in love with ten years ago is nowhere to be found. When her girlfriends encourage Rosie to demand more out of life and pursue her dream of opening a restaurant, she decides to demand more out of love, too. Three words: marriage boot camp.

Never in a million years did Rosie believe her stoic, too-manly-to-emote husband would actually agree to relationship rehab with a weed-smoking hippy. Dom talking about feelings? Sitting on pillows? Communing with nature? Learning love languages? Nope. But to her surprise, he’s all in, and it forces her to admit her own role in their cracked foundation. As they complete one ridiculous—yet surprisingly helpful—assignment after another, their remodeled relationship gets stronger than ever. Except just as they’re getting back on track, Rosie discovers Dom has a secret… and it could demolish everything.


Most romance novels are about the beginning of a relationship. Some are second chance romances where a couple is reuniting after years apart. Very few romance novels are set in the middle of a relationship. That’s exactly where Love Her or Lose Her is set. It’s set amidst the chaos of relationship gone bad.

Rosie and Dom are childhood sweethearts whose relationship has fallen apart. The crumbling of their marriage has happened gradually for Rosie, but is a surprise to Dom. Dom didn’t realize Rosie was unhappy. Rosie is ready to walk away, but Dom is willing to do whatever it takes to save his marriage.

What I loved about Love Her or Lose Her was the journey it took me on. It’s a story about remembering why you fell in love with someone, figuring out where things broke down along the way, and learning from your mistakes. Dom and Rosie were unique characters going through a made up situation, and yet I could see the truth in their story. It was eye-opening at times to see what Rosie and Dom were going through. There was blame, lack of communication, poor communication, actions, lack of actions, frustration, longing, anger…and yet there was a whole lot of love. Once they opened themselves up and communicated (with the help of a therapist) there was learning and understanding. It’s easy to blame others for a situation without examining our part in it. I loved how Tessa Bailey was able to show this within a relationship. The fact that she was able to do that while adding humor to a very serious story was amazing.

While I loved this book, I do have to admit there were a few things that could have been done better. One was that Dom’s nickname for Rosie. He uses honey girl a lot. Honey girl is an awkward nickname. It’s like an odd combination of honey and baby girl or something. It made me cringe every time I read it. The second thing was that Dom’s back story could have been explored more in-depth. He shut down when he came back from war and it felt like that was barely touched on. The last thing was the POC representation. It was weak, to be honest — just mostly food that Rosie cooked and the color of her body. It would have been nice to have more or better representation.

Overall, Love Her or Lose Her was a sweet story about two people on the brink of divorce finding their way back to each other.