This Chick Read: Second Chance Girl (Happily Inc. #2) by Susan Mallery

Happily Inc. is a wedding destination town where most people who live there have something to do with putting on a wedding. Caterer, baker, event coordinator, etc. Carol Lund is a gamekeeper and doesn’t have anything to do with weddings. Matthias, our hero, also doesn’t have a wedding themed job. The only thing he has to do with weddings is, well, the bridesmaids. He is a no strings attached kind of guy.. definitely not Carol’s usual, but for some reason she is attracted to him. Although that’s not a stretch, he is fabulous looking and very charming. Matthias is an artist, making glass creations alongside his brothers in a family business. He wakes up every morning, sips his coffee and sketches while watching Carol walk the preserve with her solitary giraffe, Millie. Something about this morning ritual appeals to him and inspires his creativity.  Their relationship has never gone beyond friendship, until one nigh when they have a little too much to drink.

Luckily, we didn’t see Matthias hit on too many bridesmaids because that would’ve been hard to overlook. The Matthias we meet is fun, charming, and too good looking, but he also has this inner pain about his father that humanizes him. As he and Carols friendship grows, I think that humanity also appeals to Carol. She on the other hand has always focused on her animals, to the exclusion of having a personal life. The fact that she was a khakis and t-shirt kind of gal made her so not Matthias’ type, but that one night changes how they see each other forever.

I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would from the synopsis. The zoo element was a really different setting for a romance! This series is a spinoff of Mallery’s Fools Gold seies that is so poular and I think it is just a good. There is a side romance between Carol’s sister and a visiting Duke that is really cute and made me laugh. All in all this was a great lighthearted romance.

Click this link to purchase.  Second Chance Girl: A Modern Fairy Tale Romance (Happily Inc)

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This Chick Read: Secrets of the Tulip Sisters by Susan Mallery

Kelly Murphy is being stalked by the boy she had a crush on in high school. Not stalked in a bad way but in a cute guy is very interested in her way. That would’ve been great but her memories of his rejection in high school are tied to her mothers infidelity and eventual abandonment. So, she’s somewhat disturbed that Griffith is showing signs of interest. However, she gets over those feelings pretty quick.

Olivia Murphy has been gone from home for years and decides to vacation back home with her sister and father. After running wild in her teens after her mother abandoned she and her sister with their father, she was sent to boarding school at fifteen and never really came back home. Now, she’s back and wants to fix her relationship with her father and sister.

Jeff Murphy is Kelly and Olivia’s father. He owns the tulip farm that he and Kelly run. When Olivia shows up, he’s overjoyed, but when her crazy mother shows up right after her, he’s a little overwhelmed. He had just started a relationship with Helen, Kelly’s best friend. To say Miriam’s appearance puts a kink in his sex life is putting it mildly.

As with all of Susan Mallery’s books, this was really well written. BUT, this book had so much going on! Kelly and Griffith’s budding relationship, Olivia starting fresh with her family and her multiple love interests, their fathers relationship with Helen, Helen’s insecurity with the ex wife showing up, an auction, a crazy mother, sheesh! I would’ve been happy with just one love story and the sisters renewing their relationship. Was the book good? Well, sure, but just when I started getting into one storyline, the POV shifted and I was reading from another characters POV. I will say that some of the issues in this book dealing with insecurity with sex, weight, self esteem, etc. were very realistic and I enjoyed seeing how these characters overcame these problems, but the amount of problems and who was sleeping with whom was a bit much. Will I keep reading Susan Mallery? Absolutely, so I guess it didn’t disappoint that much. ❤️❤️❤️❣️


Secrets of the Tulip Sisters: A Novel Click link to purchase!

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This Chick Read: Marry Me at Christmas ( Fools Gold ) by Susan Mallery

Madeline Krug loves her small town of Fools Gold. She has lived there her whole life and after searching for her role  has finally settled on something she loves and does well, Bridal shop owner. She is great at finding that perfect dress for her brides, but never seems to have luck in love, herself. Continue reading “This Chick Read: Marry Me at Christmas ( Fools Gold ) by Susan Mallery”

This Chick Read: Best of My Love by Susan Mallery

Last week, on my flight to the RT Booklover’s Convention in Las Vegas I read Susan Mallery’s brand new novel Best of My Love.  It seemed to be kismet that I had picked this book to read because her name was featured predominantly on our badges,  her books were handed out as gifts while we waited in line, and she and Robyn Carr hosted a session for their fans, thanking them for their support.  I was excited, this being my first Susan Mallery book that I’ve ever read, that I was able to honestly say that I was a fan.  This book was fantastic! Continue reading “This Chick Read: Best of My Love by Susan Mallery”

#RT16 Book Fair in Vegas

Saturday was the last day of our trip to the RT Convention in Vegas.  The Book Fair was from 10a-2p, and around 800 Authors were present.  Even though my book count at that point was 108, and I spent $110 shipping home two boxes this morning, there were a few book items that I still needed to have!  The people who had bought a week long convention pass got in a half hour earlier than the rest of the masses so you’ll note its kind of empty.  A half hour from when I took these photo’s, it was packed wall to wall!  Continue reading “#RT16 Book Fair in Vegas”