What I read: Mixed Signals by B. K. Borison
Why I picked it up: I’m a gal who loves a series, so I borrowed all three for my drive this week.
How I read it: On audio at 1.75x speed while driving home today and on my walk.
What it’s about: Layla, the 3rd partner in Lovelight Farms, gets her story. She runs an amazing bakery that’s even going to be featured in the state-wide magazine for “best bakeries” – but her love life is a disaster. Each guy is just worse than the one before – so Caleb, who can’t ever get past date 4, suggests they fake date to practice. Turns out, practicing turns into something more – who knew!
What I liked: There’s a part near the end where she has this list, and it’s just the sweetest.
What I disliked: It was a little spicier than I typically listen to on audio – I would have preferred to read on paper so I could skim through some sections – but it’s a great third book in this series!
Genre: Small town, fake dating, open door romance.
Rating & Recommendation: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ and it’s a good series!
What I read: In the Weeds by B. K. Borison
Why I picked it up: Y’all know I love a good series, so when I loved the first one, I had to start the second right away – good thing I had enough borrows on Hoopla to get all three this month!
How I read it: On audio at 1.75x today while getting ready to go on my trip and while in the car.
What it’s about: Beckett, one of the partners in Lovelight Farm, met Evelyn back in March when they were both there for a conference. He didn’t see her again until she showed up in November to do a feature on the farms. Now she’s back to “find her happy” and turns out, it might be him!
What I liked: I liked that there was a bit of story here for the farm, it was a great setting for the first book, and I liked going back to it in the second.
What I disliked: This was a little steamier than I typically prefer on audio – and a lot of their relationship was driven by “almost” sexual encounters. It felt like the story was a reason to write a steamy romance, not that the romance had some steamy elements.
Genre: Small town, open door romance.
Rating & Recommendation: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ and sure – if you’re a reader who likes a series.
What I read: Lovelight Farms by B. K. Borison
Why I picked it up: I saw it on Hoopla, and it looked like something I’d enjoy: Christmas + Romance + Happily Ever After!
How I read it: On audio at 1.75x speed in about two days.
What it’s about: Stella bought a farm and now it’s in trouble because it’s being sabotaged. To “solve” her problem, she creates a new one by needing to get her best friend to act as her fake boyfriend to win a social media contest. Turns out their ten years as friendship were just the “getting to know you phase” of their romantic relationship.
What I liked: It was just a delight – the entire thing!
What I disliked: Her father is quite the jerk. I didn’t love his character and he never redeems himself.
Genre: Christmas, open door romance, small town.
Rating & Recommendation: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ and yes – I’m also super glad this is a three book series (so far) and that I have the next two already downloaded.
What I read: Temptation Ridge by Robyn Carr
Why I picked it up: I’ve been slowly reserving the Virgin River books from the library and this one was next.
How I read it: On paper in two days after I finally started. I told myself I was going to start reading and then realized I had a bunch of ebooks with expiring loans, so I needed to read those first.
What it’s about: Shelby and Luke are the primary characters in this story. She’s moving to Virgin River for a few month’s break after her mother’s passing before med school, he’s there to finally fix up the property he bought with his brother seven years ago. They’re not what each other’s looking for, but it ends up it’s just what they need.
What I liked: I like visiting the town again. While each book has its own primary story, the real story is Virgin River. Everyone makes an appearance, and I like that kind of series!
What I disliked: Nothing.
Genre: Virgin River, small town, open door.
Rating & Recommendation: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ and yes, but I think only as part of the series. There’s so much backstory.
What I read: All Summer Long by Susan Mallery
Why I picked it up: Still working on this series, about half way through.
How I read it: On kindle staying up way too late last night.
What it’s about: Charlie’s been hurt and doesn’t think love is for her, but when Clay agrees to help her heal, neither of them are ready for what happens.
What I liked: There’s more than just healing from her assault, but also a reunion with her mother.
What I disliked: I want to know what happens next with her.
Genre: Sexual assault, open door romance, family saga
Rating & Recommendation: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ and only as part of the series.
What I read: When in Rome by Sarah Adams
Why I picked it up: I’ve really enjoyed her other books on audio so I bought her new release.
How I read it: On paper.
What it’s about: Rae’s life of fame as a musician is weighing on her. She’s isolated from her mother, lonely for friends, and just does whatever Susan, her manager slash assistant, tells her too. Until she decides to follow the lovely Audrey Hepburn’s example in Roman Holiday and take off for Rome – Kentucky (since it’s within driving distance and Italy isn’t). Her car dies in Noah’s front yard, and this begins to change everything, for both of them.
What I liked: I appreciated the banter between them and the small town!
What I disliked: I want more of them on tour and figuring out this new life. Also I want a series that features each of Noah’s sisters!!
Genre: Small town, closed door romance.
Rating & Recommendation: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ and for sure!
What I read: Virgin River by Robyn Carr
Why I picked it up: The ebook was 99 cents awhile ago so I downloaded it, but I’ve been putting off reading it because I liked the Netflix special so much.
How I read it: On kindle in two days, staying up too late tonight.
What it’s about: Mel decides to run to the country from her problems, but she finds more than she’s looking for when she meets Jack. He upends her world for the better.
What I liked: There are elements that you can see in the book and the series but the story in the book is way better. Also the entire plot of Charmaine and the twins doesn’t exist!! Thank goodness because it’s annoying!!
What I disliked: I wasn’t the biggest fan of Doc here, I hope he gets a bigger story later.
Genre: Small town, open door, romance, grief.
Rating & Recommendation: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ and I think it’s worth it.
What I read: Just Another Love Song by Kerry Winfrey
Why I picked it up: It’s Kerry’s newest rom com and I’ve loved her others.
How I read it: On Kindle mostly during my last day of vacation.
What it’s about: Sandy gave up on love with Hank after High School so he could pursue his dream of writing and performing music. She didn’t think they could have it all. Now fifteen years later he’s back in town with his son and it doesn’t seem like their story is over.
What I liked: I loved Hank! He was just a delight to read about, and I want to be friends with him. Also a little boy named Henry is in my dream for the future, and this one is super cute.
What I disliked: It took Sandy a long time to separate herself from her small town, and I felt like her parents let her be stuck. Also the stupid college who “made a mistake” with her financial aid!!
Genre: Small town, music, closed door romance.
Rating & Recommendation: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ and yes, also it’s 100% stand alone from her other lovely, very loosely connected, series.
What I read: Almost Summer by Susan Mallery
Why I picked it up: Still reading through the Fool’s Gold series.
How I read it: On Kindle.
What it’s about: Alister, Simon’s friend, comes to town for a visit but needs a place to stay because he’s got the measles. Paige takes him in, no questions asked, to keep her pregnant friend healthy. He travels the world, and she wants to, but has never had the courage.
What I liked: Paige gets to travel, see the world, and also be in love.
What I disliked: I want a story of them going on their adventures. I hope we get that in future stories of the series.
Genre: Small town, travel, closed door.
Rating & Recommendation: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ and only as part of the series.
What I read: Only Us by Susan Mallery
Why I picked it up: I found the Fool’s Gold novellas on Libby!
How I read it: On kindle in less than an hour before bed.
What it’s about: Rina and Cameron have been working together for a year. She’s been helping with his daughter, becoming part of their lives, and falling in love. Only problem is he doesn’t see it that way. To him they’re only coworkers and friends.
What I liked: Kaitlyn was a sweetheart. I hope we see more of her in the future.
What I disliked: Everyone seems to get married so quickly in Fool’s Gold!
Genre: Christmas, small town, closed door.
Rating & Recommendation: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ and if you like Fool’s Gold, sure.