Ice Cream Castles Review

Ice Cream Castles
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Ice Cream Castles is a short novel by Clarke Collins. Naomi is a woman in her late 40s who has given up on looking for love. Her boyfriend Ray had proposed to her, but then his wife showed up at her front door and ruined that relationship. Now, she focuses on running her frozen yogurt place Scoopy’s. When a rude customer comes in one day, she hopes that she never sees him again. But soon, Eli walks back into her life, and they start to talk to each other more. Soon, they find that they will be able to help each other in more ways than they could have originally dreamed of.

Usually I don’t go for age gap romances, and I didn’t think that this novel would be a romance at all when I first started it. Therefore, I was pleasantly surprised twice whilst reading. Not only is this age gap romance sweet, it is also so well-written that I couldn’t put it down.

Naomi is such a sad yet realistic character. She has had so many tragic things occur to her that she had just given up on having a happy life. She had resigned herself to simply going to work and coming home to an empty house, and she was trying to make herself okay with it. Then, Eli comes into her life. He has a fresh view of the world at only 30 years old, and he makes her see that things might not be over for her yet. She may have been able to get herself out of her rut without Eli’s help, but Eli definitely forced her to see the bright side of things more often. Naomi forced Eli to see people as people more often and to not overlook people simply because of where they work. Originally, I hated the character because he was so rude to Naomi, but I eventually warmed up to him.

Clarke Collins does an excellent job of discussing the intricacies of an interracial relationship in this romance novel. Their relationship is going to be more difficult because of the age difference, and people may judge them more because Eli is white and Naomi is black. They also come from almost completely different walks of life. But this book discusses how they overcome these adversities and get closer to each other rather than driving one another away.

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for an interracial adult romance novel.

I received a copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 books

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The Cowboy’s Perfect Match Blog Tour Plus Review


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The Cowboy’s Perfect Match
(The Sweetheart Ranch #2)
By Cathy McDavid
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 Pages
May 1st 2018 by Harlequin Heartwarming

He may not be perfect…

But he’s perfect for her!

Ryan DeMere is definitely enjoying the perks of being Sweetheart Ranch’s new wrangler—the best is working with head chef Bridget O’Malley. He’s fallen head over spurs for the talented and determined beauty. There’s just one hiccup. Bridget is holding out for Mr. Right—and Ryan doesn’t quite meet her requirements. But he’s determined to win Bridget over, because Ryan may not be perfect…but maybe their love could be.

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Bridget has a list of twelve requirements that any potential boyfriend of hers must meet before she even considers him. This has kept her from getting into many different relationships that would have ended up doing her more harm than good. Now, she is in her early thirties, and does not even have a boyfriend to consider getting married to. She feels that her biological clock is ticking, and she worries that she will be unable to start a family if she waits much longer to find a husband. The doctor in town has recently been divorced, and he meets all of her requirements, but Bridget doesn’t think that he notices her. Then, she meets Ryan. She is stunned by his looks from the moment that they set eyes on one another, but he meets very few of her requirements. He isn’t financially stable at all; he relies on flipping houses and doing odd jobs for his income. Nevertheless, the more time Bridget spends with him, the more she wants to throw away her list for good.

This book is a lovely tale of how you sometimes have to take your walls down in order to truly see and learn to love the person in front of you. Bridget’s rules would have made her unhappy with whoever she ended up dating, but she refused to see this. Her family knew that she was just being stubborn, but they couldn’t get through to her. It took an outside party getting involved in her life for her to seriously reevaluate her life’s decisions and change herself for the better.

Bridget and Ryan have a slow-burn romance. There is no insta-love in this story! Bridget and Ryan have to get to know one another in order to feel more comfortable with each other before the romance even starts. The majority of this novel is just the two of them in different settings and those around them reacting to how they treat each other in these settings. The reader gets to see the relationship grow instead of wondering how the two fell in love.

The only thing that I took a star off for was the doctor storyline. It just didn’t feel necessary. Bridget was just acting desperate for this doctor that she never even really liked, which was so out of character for her. Why would she even let herself go that far for someone that showed no interest in her, why was that not a rule on the list? A pretty common rule I think would be for a woman to vow not to chase after someone who shows no interest in her. But other than this small flaw, the story was amazing.

The story is smooth without any time-skips, and I could always tell when Bridget or Ryan was speaking from his or her point of view. The ending was sweet, and I hope that these characters show up in another one of McDavid’s cowboy romances!

I would recommend this novel to anyone looking for a sweet adult romance story.

I received a copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 books

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A Cowboy’s Christmas Proposal
(The Sweetheart Ranch #1)
By Cathy McDavid
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 Pages
November 1st 2018 by Harlequin Heartwarming

At a magical time of year…

Can a cowboy help falling in love?

For single dad Owen Caufield, living and working at Sweetheart Ranch for a month is the perfect change of pace. While the cowboy turned wedding officiant can now spend more time with his children, Molly O’Malley, his new boss, is less thrilled. A wedding ranch isn’t the best place for three rambunctious youngsters. But amid the chaos—and the coming holidays—it may be the best place to fall in love…

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As a sophomore in high school, NY Times, USA Today, and Amazon bestselling author Cathy McDavid won a local writing competition with her self-illustrated children’s book. Who knew that small triumph would eventually lead to a career writing contemporary romances with over 1.3 million books sold? With forty-seven titles to date, Cathy is also a member of the prestigious Romance Writers of America’s Honor Roll. This “almost” Arizona native and mother of grown twins recently married her own real-life sweetheart. After leaving the corporate world four years ago, she now spends her days penning stories about good looking men who ride the range or fight fires or hunt creatures all while sweeping the girl off her feet. It’s a tough job but she’s willing to make the sacrifice.

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Smoke In Her Eyes Blog Tour Plus First Impressions Review

Smoke In Her Eyes
by Anna Belfrage

Publication Date: March 15, 2019
Timelight Press
eBook & Paperback; 352 Pages

Series: The Wanderer #2
Genre: Romance/Erotica/Paranormal

Six months ago, Helle Madsen would have described herself as normal. Now she no longer knows if that terms applies, not after her entire life has been turned upside down by the reappearance of not one, but two, men from her very, very distant past.

Helle Madsen never believed in mumbo-jumbo stuff like reincarnation—until she came face to face with Jason Morris, a man who purportedly had spent fifty lives looking for her. Coping with being reunited with the lover from her ancient past was one thing. Having Sam Woolf, her vindictive nemesis from that same ancient past join the party was a bit too much. Suddenly, Helle finds herself the reluctant heroine of a far-flung, time-transcending epic story, one in which pain and loss seem to play a very big part.

This time round, Jason and Helle are determined to make it to the happily ever after. Unfortunately, Sam Woolf will stop at nothing to crush them. That ride into the golden sunset seems awfully far away at times…

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I am currently around 150 pages into this book, so less than halfway through, and I am loving it so far! Helle and Jason’s relationship is going through a rough patch, as Jason isn’t spending any time with Helle. He feels responsible for Juliet’s severe burns, and so he spends all day at the hospital with her. When he gets home, he barely pays any attention to Helle. Helle is feeling extremely neglected, and Jason won’t even talk to her to explain what he is going through. She also doesn’t like the fact that he is spending so much time with Juliet, given that the two had a romantic relationship in the past. Woolf is out of commission at the start of the novel, but if Jason and Helle do not work together to put him out of commission permanently, he will come back again.

My favorite part about the beginning of this novel was how it showed that no relationship is perfect, and that every relationship needs communication. Even though Helle and Jason work so well together, they still need to talk to one another. And that is what they aren’t doing in this book. Helle wouldn’t have been upset, and Jason wouldn’t have been so bottled up. I can’t wait to see how they will work out their differences and fight Woolf again later on in this novel.

If I gave this novel a rating right now, I would rate it 4 out of 5 stars. Seeing Helle and Jason bicker for quite a few chapters can become annoying after a while, but I know that it is necessary to see how they will grow later on in the novel

About the Author

Had Anna been allowed to choose, she’d have become a time-traveller. As this was impossible, she became a financial professional with three absorbing interests: history and writing.

Anna has authored the acclaimed time travelling series The Graham Saga, set in 17th century Scotland and Maryland, as well as the equally acclaimed medieval series The King’s Greatest Enemy which is set in 14th century England. (Medieval knight was also high on Anna’s list of potential professions. Yet another disappointment…)

With Jason and Helle, Anna has stepped out of her historical comfort zone and has loved doing so.

Find out more about Anna by visiting her website, www.annabelfrage.com, You can also connect with Anna on Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, and Goodreads.

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A Torch In His Heart Review

A Torch in His Heart (The Wanderer #1)
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Helle never believed in reincarnation until she met Jason. For some reason, her heart remembers Jason. He claims that they were lovers in a past life thousands of years ago and that he has been searching for her in every single one of his lives since then. This life was the first one since their original life that he was successful in finding her. They have such deep chemistry with one another that Helle believes that Jason could be telling the truth. When he shows her his powers, she believes him even more. But then Jason explains to her that someone else has been looking for her for thousands of years as well and has managed to find her at the same time.

Sam Woolf is Helle’s boss. She wanted the job originally because it paid well, and she knew she had the chance to start her career. Then, Woolf starts to make her uncomfortable. Whenever Helle looks into his eyes, shivers run down her spine. She forgets how to think, and can’t seem to say no to him, no matter how hard she tries. When Jason says that he is the one coming after her, everything begins to make sense. But there is only one person that Woolf has hated in all his lives, and that was the Wanderer Jason. Now, he has the chance to get rid of the Wanderer once and for all, and to take Helle back to be his own.

I loved how this story seamlessly flowed between Jason and Helle’s past and current lives together. As you read along, you learn more and more about their life thousands of years ago. Reincarnation is such an interesting topic, and this book shows how this theme can work very well in a romance novel. They were younger in their past lives, but they were just as madly in love. Jason remembers all his past lives, including the ones spent alone without Helle. Helle only remembers bits and pieces from her life thousands of years ago, but she doesn’t seem to remember any lives before that. As Jason explains the lives to Helle, Helle has dreams every night that can be read where the previous life is shown. That is something that Belfrage does excellently, even though a character may “tell” another character something, that same event is also “shown” in a dream sequence. There were no long montages of Jason rambling about past lives, everything was also vibrantly shown through Helle’s fragmented dreams.

The only thing that I truly didn’t like in this story was when Helle’s friend Alison was hurt. She goes to discuss it with Helle, and Helle’s response was “You’ll get over it.” They were having an argument at the time, so I can understand why Helle might be a bit upset. But telling your friend who is clearly suffering that she will “get over it” is not the best of advice. This scene was quickly over, but it is just one example of how Helle can be a bit blunt and even cruel at times to people who do care about her in the grand scheme of things. I did like that Helle wasn’t perfect, but this is an awfully cruel flaw to have.

Other than that short scene, the book was amazing overall. This is a steamy romance, but I liked that the characters weren’t just blindly having sex. They truly cared for one another, and this was just how they showed their love for one another. It made them feel more like true lovers than most “true loves” in romance novels. This again tied into the well-thought-out plot of reincarnation.

Overall, this was a lovely novel. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a new adult fantasy romance book to indulge in.

I received a copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 books

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A Journey of Flames and Love Review (Hearts of Love and Faith #1)

A Journey of Flames and Love: Hearts of Love and Faith Series: Book 1

Have you ever honored the legacy of a loved one? Were you willing to do whatever it took to achieve that goal?

My mother was my world and it won’t be easy to find the Firebird which was her final wish. I’ve got fallen angels seeking the bird because they believe it to be a powerful weapon of chaos and ruin. And I’ve got a hunter on my trail trying to capture my heart. 

My name is Audry Duvessa. I’m a witch from the world Kimmeria. My world borders the Realm of Darkness. Before my mother died in the Civil War of Eight, she left me a letter detailing her last request.

Roei Shurwud is a hunter from the world Terradora. His world borders the Realm of Light. Hunters have dedicated their lives to protecting the light from darkness. They hunt magical beings such as me, as well as dark creatures such as vampires or werewolves. The hunter has chosen to join me on my quest. He feels guilty for causing my family to perish during the Civil War of Eight. Roei may have led the troops, but he didn’t fire the deadly shot. Someday, Roei must forgive himself.

I must find all seven of the Firebird’s tail feathers in three days before the fallen angel Apollo does. Legend states the Firebird is a weapon of chaos and ruin. Apollo and his lackeys want to seek revenge against God for kicking them out of heaven after the first holy war. Our world has become their battleground because God’s word is law here. So, the Fallen want to make a statement by destroying God’s creation. 

Now, it falls to me and Roei. I will complete the quest and honor my mother’s legacy. And together, we must stop Apollo from destroying the worlds with darkness.


I was so excited to read this book that I read the entire thing in one sitting. This book is a whirlwind tale of love, war, and adventure as Audrey races against time with Roei in order to try to get all of the Firebird’s feathers in time.

The story starts with Audrey’s parents’ death. Roei and Audrey were both younger here, and they were fighting on different sides of the war. This was probably my favorite overall part of the book, as I really got to understand what Audrey was a part of. It was sad to see her have to watch her parents die, but I was glad that I got to see it from both Audrey and Roei’s perspectives.

Unfortunately, there were many things that I ended up not liking about this story. For starters, it was too fast. One minute we were talking about Audrey’s parents dying, the next we are talking about her trying to find three kids from her ex-husband and 20-30 years have gone by. And I didn’t even figure out that 20-30 years had passed until the end of the story where the ages of the children started to add up. This is a rather large timeskip for a book that is only around 134 pages long.

I felt that this was more of an insta-love story rather than a gradual buildup, which was a bit confusing. This should have been more of a hate to love gradual story or series, but it just wasn’t. Enemies to lovers in a few minutes.

The action scenes in this book were fairly suspenseful. A few were really too short, but most kept me on the edge of my seat. This did keep me interested until the end, and I still enjoyed the overall story.

Overall, I think that this book could have been amazing if the author would flesh it out a little bit and not make the characters move as fast. For now, it is still a pretty good novella, but it could be great.

I received a copy of this book and this is my voluntary review. 

Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 books

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Highland Salvation Blog Tour Plus Review

Meet the Author:

Winner of the National Readers’ Choice Award and Holt Medallion for Best First Book and Best Historical, Lori Ann Bailey writes hunky highland heroes and strong-willed independent lasses finding their perfect matches in the Highlands of 17th century Scotland. Writing about the people and places playing in her head helps her live out her dreams and delve into her love of history and romance. When not writing, Lori enjoys time with her real-life hero and four kids or spending time walking or drinking wine with her friends.
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Finlay Cameron, the bastard son of an English earl and a Scottish mother, weds stunning, outgoing Blair Macnab to ensure her clan’s loyalty to King Charles. She’s everything he’s ever wanted in a wife, but he suspects she may be plotting his murder.
Always considered to be nothing more than a pretty face, Blair Macnab yearns to prove her worth. She refuses to be used as a pawn for political gain, but when confronted by a blackmailer, her only option is to marry the brawny Finlay Cameron.
In Finlay’s arms, she feels safe for the first time ever. Until she learns that her blackmailer is hot on her trail and her secrets could soon be exposed…

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I don’t read that many Highlander romances, but this one stuck out to me in particular. Usually, the illegitimate child storyline comes into play for a historical romance based in London, not Scotland, but this book was a bit of both.

At first, I was a bit confused. I thought that Blair was going to marry her betrothed’s brother, but then she was able to run off with Finlay! Thank goodness she was able to, however, because Henry and his family definitely wouldn’t have given her a good life. Her relationship with Finlay gets off to a rocky start as he has to take her on horseback on a long journey the day after their wedding, and she is so ill on her wedding night that she feels that she is failing her husband. But the longer that they spend on this trip, the closer they get to one another, and the more that they realize that they love each other.

The romance in this story was amazing. Finlay and Blair definitely had chemistry, and they respected one another. Blair had already gone through a really poor relationship before, so she wasn’t sure exactly what a good relationship was. Finlay knew that she was beautiful, but he didn’t want to push this already broken woman too far. They dance around each other until they feel comfortable with one another, and then it still takes them a few chapters to realize how strong their feelings for one another truly are.

The side story about Finlay believing that Blair was out to kill him played out in an interesting way. It definitely wasn’t my favorite part of the story, it was pretty clear that Blair was madly in love with Finlay and would do nothing to hurt him. But it was interesting seeing Finlay try to figure out what exactly was going on with his wife, learning more of her backstory in the process.

My other favorite part of the story was learning about Finlay’s family. Illegitimate children always have interesting stories in romance novels, so I was hunting for all the clues as Blair and Finlay pieced together the truth about Finlay’s parent’s relationship. It was a sad story, but I enjoyed it. I did want to punch Finlay’s brothers though, they were so awful to him. It was no wonder that he was a bit emotionally closed off.

I read this entire book in one sitting, I just couldn’t put it down. 307 pages later, I am happy that I read it, and I hope to read more romance stories from this author.

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for an adult Highlander romance.

I received a copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 books

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