I selected Romance as my theme for February. Very original of me. πŸ˜πŸ’– I am trying to read at least 5 of the 8 books I selected to Spell the Month in Books. Here are the fist two. I listened to the audiobooks, provided through my library on Hoopla. I enjoyed them both.

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Enjoy the View (Moose Springs, Alaska #3) by Sarah Morgenthaler, Elise Arsenault (Narrator)

Published January 19th 2021 by Tantor Audio, Sourcebooks Casablanca

4.5 Stars:

This is the 3rd book in the Moose Springs, Alaska series, and although others might not feel the same way, I enjoyed this one the most. I think it had the right amount of romance, fun and adventure. I loved Easton’s character. He was the big, loner of a mountain man, who didn’t think anyone would find him attractive. He lived alone in a small house on the family property and was quite happy. He was excellent at his job of taking tourists and groups on climbs and that is where he finds himself in this story. He is taking River Lane and two of her camera crew up to the summit of Mount Veil for a documentary. River has moved from in front of the camera to behind it and has finally landed a job as producer and director. She has been hired by the Alaskan Tourism Board to make a documentary about Moose Springs. She is carrying some baggage and wants to prove herself, but the citizens of Moose Springs are blocking her at every turn. She is an established climber, so when the opportunity presents itself to climb, they decide it will make a great film. Climbing a mountain is dangerous in its own right, but lugging equipment and with inexperienced climbers, you can bet there is goin to be danger and adventure. River also has an aversion to romantic relationships, so as the attraction grows, she tries to fight it. This is a wonderful romantic story, but there is more to it than that. There is a theme of perseverance, finding oneself, taking risks for love and friendship. This was a great addition to this series and I definitely recommend it. The narration by Elise Arsenault was enjoyable. She used her voice to give personality to the various characters and to add excitement to the story. Nicely done.

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Butterfly Bayou (Butterfly Bayou #1) by Lexi Blake, Jessica Almasy (Narrator)

Published May 5th 2020 by Berkley, Blackstone Publishing

4 Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Nurse practitioner Lila Daley needs a fresh start after a tragedy, so she heads off to Papillon, Louisiana, where her sister and brother-in-law live. She is a nurse practitioner and has purchased a medical clinic from the doctor who is retiring. What she was not expecting is that the practice is not solvent, and “Doc” has not told anyone about her. All the scheduled appointments cancel and the small town citizens are not ready for the changes this big city nurse has in store. Throw in a handsome Sheriff, Armie LaVigne, who is also a single dad to a daughter in a wheelchair after a serious car accident, and something has to give.

Lila and Armie are attracted to each other, feelings left over from her sister’s wedding. Lila does not want any romance, but is willing to fake date, if it will help her practice to survive. She is even up for some good sex, but Arnie wants real dating or nothing. Things do not go smoothly for this pair. I really enjoyed this story. I love small town romances, and found it pretty funny seeing how the townspeople reacted to this city slicker nurse. Lily was hard to like at first. She was hurt, disillusioned and standoffish. She also reacted quickly and not in a nice way. Once you learn her story and get to know more about her, I was rooting for her to lighten up and take a chance. Armie was a swoon worthy hero. Who doesn’t love a handsome man, who takes his role as a single dad very seriously. Things did not go smoothly for Lila and Armie, they were both stubborn and both thought they were right. I enjoyed many of the secondary characters as well, but there were bad guys that cause some problems. Overall, an enjoyable story, and a series that I will continue with. I will say that there is some spousal abuse in the story, but it is only referred to. The narration by Jessica Almasy was done well. She gave the various characters their own voices and used her tone, expression and inflection to make the story come alive.