I didn’t know when I wrote the first love spell that it would actually make things happen. Like, actually make people fall in love with each other…
How could I have known something like that? I mean, magic isn’t real, right?
But here’s the thing—the spell does work and so does the next one and the next one…and suddenly I’m getting a whole lot of attention from everyone at my high school. Me, Blend-into-the-Walls, Please-Let-Me-Introvert-in-Peace Rowan Marshall. And not only that, but I’ve also caught the attention of Luca Russo, a godlike, football-playing hottie who claims he likes me just the way I am. Ummm…
But as I’m about to learn, playing around with things you don’t understand means when things go wrong—like really, very awfully wrong—you don’t know how to fix them.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Author Angie Barrett lives in a small town in Ontario, Canada in an old century home that is also known as the “cat house” because, well, Angie likes cats. A lot. She also likes shopping for books, or for anything really, and spending time RVing in the summer with her family. She has worked for sixteen years as a high school English teacher and Librarian and is currently a Curriculum Consultant for new teachers. Angie has always dreamed of being a published author and strives to create worlds where there are strong, relatable characters who maybe are not always perfect but who understand the meaning of friendship and loyalty and who will use their collective strengths to overcome adversity.
This is another one of those moments where I haven’t read the other books in the series yet, but I will because this was so cute!
I have never read a romance set in the mountains before, it was so fascinating! I got to learn a lot about the journey of adventuring up a mountain and the dangers of it! Even though It was so dangerous, it did cause many adorable bonding scenes that I am definitely NOT complaining about
This was such a sweet romance. I was smiling the whole time while reading! I definitely needed a cute rom-com that wasn’t full of big conflicts, and this was that!
As a Certified Professional Organizer, everything in Paige Parker’s world is as it should be. Perfect apartment, perfect office, perfect life. And now, the perfect vacation planned to honor Singles Day. After all, what’s better than celebrating her pride in being single? Because who needs a man anyway? They have zero taste in quality television, leave the toilet seat up, and sleep with your best friend. No thanks. Her life is fine just the way it is.
As the owner of a now-dormant bed & breakfast, Lucas Croft’s life is simple and quiet. It’s only him and his five-year-old daughter, which is just the way he likes it. Because who needs a woman anyway? They nag you to clean up your stuff, want the toilet seat put down, and expect the dishes to be done the same day the meal is cooked. No thanks. His life is fine just the way it is.
But when Paige books a room that Lucas’ well-intentioned sister listed without his knowledge, their two worlds collide. If they can survive the week together, they just might discover exactly what they’ve both been missing.
Ann Marie Walker is the author of six romances. She’s a fan of fancy cocktails, anything chocolate, and 80s rom-coms, and her super power is connecting any situation to an episode of Friends. Ann Marie attended the University of Notre Dame and currently lives in Chicago. You can find her at AnnMarieWalker.com.
“You mean to a sleepy little island with no cars?” she asked, echoing his earlier line.
“In winter no less.”
He leaned forward, placing one elbow on the counter and resting his chin in the palm of his hand. “You know my story, Paige Parker. Now tell me yours. And you can start with why in the world a beautiful woman like you is spending a week alone at the beach.”
Her face flushed and a warmth spread through his chest. Complimenting her was an attempt to put her a tease, but her response pleased him far more than he’d expected. She shifted in her chair, and the red in her cheeks became more noticeable. “I’m celebrating Singles Day.” For a moment, Lucas drew a blank. But then he remembered the special request that had accompanied the booking.
“Ah, that would explain the cake.” He’d thought a request for a cake inscribed with the words “Happy Singles Day” was a mistake, or maybe even a joke. Either way, he had ignored it.
Paige raised a brow. “Yeah, where is that, by the way?”
“Afraid you’ll have to add that to the grievances you’ll be filing with the booking site.” She shook her head.
“It’s becoming quite a list.”
“Ah yes, but on the other hand, there are unadvertised perks.”
“Not every day you get to play with a litter of adorable puppies.”
Paige nodded. “So we’ll call it even on the cake.” He was half-afraid to ask, but curiosity got the better of him. After all, whatever she was about to tell him had brought her to the point of booking a last-minute vacation. Surely he would find it amusing if nothing else.
“What is Singles Day anyway?” Her eyes lit up.
“Actually, it’s called Singles Appreciation Day or, in some places, Singles Awareness Day.” He cocked his head to one side.
She pursed her lips, then let him have it with both barrels. “It’s not sad. There’s nothing sad about loving yourself and being content with who you are. The latest census showed that nearly half the country is single.”
That wasn’t what he meant, but the exasperated look on her face was so adorable, Lucas couldn’t help but laugh. And once he started, he couldn’t stop. Paige glared at him, which only made him laugh harder, and when she crossed her arms indignantly over her chest, he nearly doubled over. He hadn’t laughed this hard in ages. It was like he was back in grade school with a serious case of giggles. “No, no, I mean the acronym.” He struggled to catch his breath and, when he finally did, explained. “Singles Appreciation Day,” he said, saying the words slowly so as to separate them. “S-A-D. Sad. Rather unfortunate acronym, don’t you think?” He’d no sooner finished when the laughter returned. Hell, his abs actually hurt. Paige’s resolve cracked, and her frown melted into an amused grin.
“Yeah, I noticed that as well. But for some reason when you said it—”
“You figured I was just being an asshole?”
“Let’s just say you’re lucky I don’t have that cake,” she said, shaking her head. “Or you would be wearing some of it right now.”
“Sorry,” he said, trying his best to act contrite and failing miserably. “Let me make it up to you.” She narrowed her eyes.
“By celebrating Singles Day with you.” She snorted. “I think you’re missing the point of the holiday.”
“Not at all. We can celebrate being alone.” He winked. “Together.”
“You seriously want to celebrate Singles Day with me?” He’d have thought she was being intentionally obtuse if it weren’t for the genuine look of surprise on her face.
“Yes. When is it?”
“Today actually. The day after Valentine’s Day. The day also known as Half-Price Chocolate Day, but that is beside the point.”
Lucas clapped his hands together. “Perfect.” He started for the front door.
“Where are you going?” she asked.
“To the store.” He shrugged into his coat. “A special occasion calls for a special meal.”
A grouchy mountaineer, a Hollywood starlet And miles of untamed wilderness… What could possibly go wrong?
Former Hollywood darling River Lane’s acting career is tanking fast. Determined to start fresh behind the camera, she agrees to film a documentary about the picturesque small town of Moose Springs, Alaska. The assignment should have been easy, but the quirky locals want nothing to do with River. Well, too bad: River’s going to make this film and prove herself, no matter what it takes.
Or what (literal) mountain she has to climb.
Easton Lockett may be a gentle giant, but he knows a thing or two about survival. If he can keep everyone in line, he should be able to get River and her crew up and down Mount Veil in one piece. Turns out that’s a big if. The wildlife’s wilder than usual, the camera crew’s determined to wander off a cliff, and the gorgeous actress is fearless. Falling for River only makes Easton’s job tougher, but there’s only so long he can hold out against her brilliant smile. When bad weather strikes, putting everyone at risk, it’ll take all of Easton’s skill to get them back home safely…and convince River she should stay in his arms for good.
He’d just been trying to be nice. In the future, Easton was going to stick with aloof, unapproachable, and downright surly.
Nice was a pain in the ass. Nice earned him a redhead with a permanent marker and a mischievous look on her face.
Don’t stop, River had written on her makeshift sign. Filming movie. Which was how Easton Lockett, one of the most respected men in Moose Springs, found himself standing on the side of the road with a pizza box sign, telling everyone not to stop for the woman walking down the road.
If only he’d made the same choice for himself.
The absolute last person Easton wanted to see coming down the road at this moment turned around the bend, the heavy off-road tires of her sleek black Jeep slapping the pavement. There was nowhere to hide. And knowing his sister, there was nowhere he could hide to keep her from finding him in a pride-compromising position.
With a groan of dismay, Easton waggled the sign at her as she slowed down, then pulled off the side of the road behind his truck.
“You’ve got to be kidding me.”
“I’ve been thinking the same thing for the last hour,” Easton replied, bemused.
Ashtyn Lockett had been a thorn in Easton’s side since the day she was born fifteen seconds before him. At some point since he’d seen her yesterday, she’d decided to dye her pixie cut a vibrant aquamarine with pink tips. Next week, it would be something different but equally bold.
She must’ve been taking the day off by the water, because only half of the piercings she normally sported jewelry in were filled. Her nose piercing and eyebrow were adorned, but the multiple holes in her ears were piercing free. Unlike River, his twin was dressed for the weather. A ribbed tank top showing the extensive and expensive tattoos on her arms. Shorts and sandals with bright nail polish from her morning pedicure. Even brighter colors on her fingernails.
Easton had spent a lot of his life glaring over his sister’s head at the guys who were interested in her, but there really was no need. Ash had never needed anyone to protect her. She was perfectly capable of handling her business all on her own.
“What the hell are you doing?” Brown eyes the exact same color as Easton’s eyes widened.
Sighing, Easton lifted his pizza box up in the air, turning it toward the oncoming traffic. “I’m being a Good Samaritan.”
“Are you? Because it kind of looks like you’re making an idiot out of yourself for some tourists.”
“They’re not tourists.” Deep denial was as good a coping mechanism as any. “They’re filming some sort of movie around the bend. And before you grill me, I don’t know anything about it. I saw a woman walking down the road, and I stopped to see if she needed help. She nearly skinned me alive for interrupting her shot.” Ash rolled her eyes. “Why would they pick here to film? Don’t they know everyone’s going to slow down and see what’s wrong?”
“That’s what I said, but she’s…well…determined.”
Gorgeous. Fiery. Way more trouble than he needed on any given day.
“How long are you planning on standing here?”
Easton didn’t know, but he’d been out there for long enough; even his arms were starting to get sore. Finally, a familiar SUV drove past and performed a highly illegal U-turn, pulling right next to Easton. River stuck her head out from the passenger seat, her face lighting up as she took in him and his sign.
“No wonder no one stopped,” she said. “You look like you want to kill someone.”
He wasn’t speaking to either of them. Nope. Not a word.
“Hey, thanks for the help. Sorry we forgot to tell you we got the shot. Here, dinner is on us.” Leaning out the window, River tucked a twenty-dollar bill in his shirt collar, not giving Easton a chance to refuse before Bree, the driver, pulled away.
Ash lost it, leaning back against her Jeep, laughing so hard, her mascara started to run.
“If you could see your face,” she all but cried.
“I feel dirty,” he murmured, taking the twenty and stuffing it into his pocket.
“You are dirty.” Gasping for breath, she wiped her eyes. “I think I love her, whoever she is.” The feeling wasn’t mutual.
With an annoyed grunt, Easton tossed the pizza box in the back of Ash’s Jeep. “Compost this, please.” Since his services were no longer needed, Easton decided there was no reason to stand there any longer, giving his sister ammunition.
“You never saw this,” he warned her.
“Oh, everyone saw this.”
Which was so true. In a place like Moose Springs, memories were long. The town would never—ever—let Easton live this down.
“Destroy the evidence, Ash. If you love me, destroy the evidence.”
“Don’t get your hopes up,” his twin teased. As he headed for his truck, she called after him. “I might frame it instead!”
Thank you so much Entangled Teen for sending me a free e-arc in exchange for an honest review!
I haven’t read many sport romances like at all, but this one was so fun! I loved getting to learn more about hockey and figure skating! Cause lemme tell ya, I dont know smack about hockey 😂.
The hockey team was probably my favorite part of the book. The relationships between the teammates were so great. They made me laugh so much. I love how close they were and how they always had each others backs.
And of course Brodie & Willow are such an adorable couple. Sure, Willow did upset me at times, but hey we all have our flaws!
𝗥𝗲𝗰𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗲𝗻𝗱 𝗶𝗳 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗹𝗶𝗸𝗲: Sports Romance, Hockey, Figure Skating, Found Family, Hot Love Interests.
I first want to say a huge THANK YOU to Fierce Reads & Netgalley for gifting me a free e-arc in exchange for an honest review!
Y’all this book was amazing. You follow Sasha Masha as he discovers his identity. This was so adorable. And such an important read. It’s very quick and can be read within one sitting.
I teared up a few times through this. There were so many times where I just wanted to hug Sasha Masha and tell him that everything was going to be okay.
If you’re looking for a quick book about LGBTQ+/Trans then I’d highly recommend you pick this one up. My only complaint is that I wish it was longer. Although, even though it was short, Agnes did an amazing job at making you fall in love with all the characters. Really good book. Please do check it out!
Thank you Netgalley & St. Martin’s Press for the e-arc in exchange for an honest review!
This was overall very good! I will say, Abby made some decisions that I very much questioned, butttttt. Luckily everything worked out okay!
Savvy I was not a fan of for a while throughout the book. But, near the end she really grew on me! She is such a well developed character. I love how she changed throughout the story. I loved her so much by the end!
Leo was honestly such a sweetheart! I just love how supportive and caring he was. Such a cutiepie!
I just really enjoyed this. It was such a fun read! I highly recommend this!