All three of these romances were recommended to me by bloggers I follow. I read two of them, and listened to one. They were all different from one another, but I enjoyed them all. I definitely recommend any of them.

It Started With A Kiss by Lisa Hobman

Published April 21st 2022 by Boldwood Books

4 Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Fin Hunter is working for his father in his law practice, exhausting himself trying to get his love and approval, but nothing seems to work. When his fiancée call of the wedding, his parents blame him. His dad eventually has a heart attack, and Fin works even harder trying to show his dad that he loves him and will work hard holding things together while his dad is recovering. American Star Mendoza is living her dream relocating to Edinburgh, to live with her grandmother. She is working at a trendy city centre coffee shop, fantasizing about the handsome businessman she serves daily. When they meet up after Fin’s breakup, they begin a tentative relationship, but can two people from such different backgrounds and walks of life have a real relationship.

Star and Fin were both great characters. I love how developed they were. I felt like I really knew them, their pasts, their faults, and their personalities. Star was an independent person, with her pink hair, her photography, her quirky and honest personality, and her dreams. Fin was sacrificing everything to make his parents happy, something he will never be able to do. I loved that he put it out there doing karaoke and realized that he also loved to sing. His parents were the most selfish, narcissistic people, that my heart broke for Fin. Once Fin and Star got together, this story got so upbeat and fun. I enjoyed seeing them get to know each other and the growth they both go through. Fin realizes he deserves to be happy, and Star begins to get over her insecurities. Star’s best friend, boss and roommate, is such a hoot. He is a bit like a fairy godmother and I absolutely loved him. This is a book about finding what makes you happy, standing up for yourself and what you believe in, letting go of things that are holding you back, friendship, stepping out of your comfort zone, and of course, Romance! A fun story, I very much enjoyed and recommend.


The Suite Spot (Beck Sisters #2) by Trish Doller, Sarah Naughton (Narrator)

Published March 8th 2022 by Macmillan Audio, St. Martin’s Griffin

5 Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I did not read or listen to The Float Plan (Beck Sisters #1) but sure will now. I loved The Suite Spot and highly recommend it. Rachel Beck is a single mom, still living at home and trying to keep some semblance a relationship with the father of her daughter alive. She loves her job working nights at a luxury hotel in Miami Beach, until the night she is fired due to a complaint by a misogynistic jerk. A colleague recommends a management position at a brewery hotel on an island in Lake Erie called Kelleys Island. When she’s offered the job, Rachel packs up her daughter and makes the cross country move. When she arrives, she finds a handsome man who knows everything about brewing beer and nothing about running a hotel. The hotel isn’t even built yet, but Mason offers her carte blanche to build the hotel and with the need for a fresh start, Rachel accepts. As she gets to know the moody Mason, they begin to have feelings toward one another and she begins to love the community realizing what she has been missing in her life.

Rachel is such a great character. First, she is an amazing mom who tried to keep a relationship alive between her and her baby daddy for the sake of her daughter. I would not have been so generous. She does have self-esteem issues due to her size. She has been put down so often, she has doubts about finding a man to have a relationship with. She does stand up for what she believes in and to support her daughter she was willing to move far away to a place where she has no family to lean on. Throw in that she is kind, caring, professional, talented and a dedicated worker. I so wanted her to find her happily ever after. Mason is a handsome man who also has some baggage. He has things to work through that are difficult, but if he can, they will have a chance at a future together. I fell in love with Maisie, she was so adorable. I love when kids are involved with bringing their parent together with someone. She was so real, honest and cute. I loved how she latched onto her new friend, Leo. This was a great story of new beginnings, family, community, grief, standing up for yourself, acceptance and of course romance. I definitely recommend this story. I listened to the audiobook narrated by Sarah Naughton. She does a great job of giving the characters their own voices, even Maisie. Using expression and tone, she adds emotion to the story which added to my overall enjoyment.


You Say It First (Happily Inc #1) by Susan Mallery

Published September 1st 2017 by HQN Books

4 Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

I wanted to go back and read the books I had missed from the Happily Inc series and I am glad I did. You Say It First takes up back to the beginning when Weddings in a Box is floundering and Pallas is trying to make a go of the business left to her when her boss and friend died. Her mother wants her to pack it in and work at the family bank, but she wants no part of it. Pallas hires Nick Mitchell, a talented sculptor to refurbish some wood panels thinking he is a carpenter, not a talented artist. As Nick and Pallas work together, not only do they get to know each other, but his ideas help turn the business around. Will their personal relationship also turn into something more than just a business relationship?

Having read several Happily Inc books already, I knew I would love the setting all the secondary characters. It was great to see how they begin the wonderful working relationships that develop into a well known and sought after wedding destination we see in future books. Pallas is very insecure, being bullied by her mother and sure that she will not be able to make a go of the business. Fortunately for her, her friends and Nick had confidence in her. I loved reading about the weddings and events they put together. Some of them were hilarious, but they always managed to make them work. Nick also has some baggage relating to his family, which he had to work through as well. As Nick and Pallas become closer, there is some angst and a hurdle to get over, but it is a happily ever after romance, so you know they will. This is a sweet story, with some drama, family difficulties, friendship, following your dreams and standing up for yourself. A great start to this series.