See You Later Broadway by Melissa Baldwin is book two in the Broadway Series, and while I did not read book one, I had no problems jumping right into this story and making friends with Maris. Maris has recently moved to New York City with big dreams of Broadway. While her plans of performing aren’t quite there yet, she is pretty content – until shake up after shake up starts occurring. Between her career, love life, and a sad passing of her grandmother’s friend, Maris finds herself with a lot of decisions that she needs to make and little time to make them.
I have read from Melissa Baldwin in the past and have enjoyed her previous offerings. To start off, I love her covers and See You Later Broadway was no exception. It was so easy to get along with Maris, even if she did have her selfish moments – because, who doesn’t? All the plot twists inside made the story very fast-paced and really fun to read. I was just waiting for Maris to shout out PLOT TWIST at any given moment after all the shake ups started happening! The love life of Maris was particularly interesting to read about, and I am really going to wait anxiously for book three in this series, because I have a feeling there will be more drama with how her relationship plays out! I do want to go back to read the first book in the series, See You Soon Broadway, because I have a feeling I will enjoy getting some back story on Maris and the supporting cast. If you are a fan of chick lit, you will love this story and I highly recommend!
About the Author
Melissa Baldwin is an avid runner, planner obsessed, and has always had a love for writing. She is a wife, mother, and avid journal keeper who took her creativity to the next level by fulfilling her dream with her debut novel, An Event to Remember…or Forget. Melissa writes about charming, ambitious, and real women and is now a published author of seven Romantic Comedy novels and novellas.
When she isn’t deep in the writing zone, this multi-tasking master organizer is busy spending time with her family, chauffeuring her daughter, traveling, running, indulging in fitness, and taking a Disney Cruise every now and then.
In Better in the Morning by Fern Ronay, we follow Veronica Buccino, a lawyer with a plan. One – stop being a lawyer. Her work leaves much to be desired for, and her boss and co-worker seem to be set on making her life miserable. Two – marry boyfriend John DelMonico. While Veronica is highly educated and enjoys being a working woman, she also loves the idea of being a wife and a mother. So when John unexpectedly tells her he is moving to London for his job, and she can come along if she wants to, Veronica is devastated. John’s proposal wasn’t the one she was expecting, and with him seemingly uninterested if Veronica will fly to another country with him, their break up is inevitable. Enter the twist of the story – Veronica can see and talk to her dead grandparents in her dreams, and they help her move on from the break up, start something new in a news reporting class, and provide a comfort to her, so when she wakes up, things just seem – better in the morning.
I had a lot of fun reading this book from Fern Ronay. The beginning threw me a little with Veronica’s grandparents and how she was able to speak with them, but once I figured it out (which was quite quickly!) I grew to love that plot point. Veronica was easily likeable and a fun heroine to follow. The supporting cast I thought was pretty interesting – there is a lot of very memorable characters in a supporting role, from the grandparents, her work crew, her best friend Jada, and her new love interest Syd. This was very hard to put down, and I appreciated the very real moments that made their way into the story. The ending was the only part I didn’t love, because I actually would have loved to see these characters in another story so the ending seemed very abrupt for them. But otherwise, a very heart-warming and entertaining read.
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Unsportsmanlike Conduct by Sophia Henry brings us the story of an unlikely romance found aboard a cruise ship in the Caribbean. Kristen’s parents send her on a Greek singles cruise after graduation in hopes of her coming home in love with a good Greek man. When she meets Pasha, not Greek but definitely the hottest guy she’s ever seen and someone who sparks intrigue within her, she can’t help but start to fall for him. The perfect setting, his hot body, and his bad-boy demeanor yet soft side sparks Kristen’s interest – and her heart. But what she doesn’t realize is that Pasha is hiding a different side of him.
Told in dual POV, I thought it was fantastic that we also got Pasha’s side of the story, and I think it was really needed to bring both characters to life. Pasha is hiding that he actually knows of Kristen – or KK as her best friend calls her – because as a hockey player, he is good friends with her best friend’s fiancé, also a hockey player. But the past with them is rocky, and Pasha knows that if Kristen knows who he really is, she would never give him a chance. So he tries to give Kristen the best week of her life, knowing it will all have to end after the cruise.
There are a lot of interesting plot points in Unsportsmanlike Conduct, one being Kristen’s condition with Cystic Fibrosis. I learned a lot about the disease from this read, and it was wonderful to see how Pasha – or Pavel, his real name – cares for Kristen in spite of a life-threatening condition, and how he wants to help her live every day to the fullest. The romance on the cruise ship is definitely hot and steamy. Once they are off the ship and back to real life, it turned a little predictable, as most romance reads do. But I was still curious to get to the ending and it kept me invested. I could tell this book was a part of a series, but I never felt like I was confused or had missed something, it just made me want to read the other books because I really enjoyed the writing style from Sophia Henry. If you are a fan of romance, this is definitely one to check out!
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