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Cooking from Fool’s Gold Cookbook by Susan Mallery

FoolSusan Mallery’s Fool’s Gold Cookbook
Publication Date: August 27, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin
Pages: 272
Keywords: cook by season, cookbook with romance short story
Format read: ARC provided by McAllister PR! (Thank you!)

Why do I not review cookbooks more often? Especially one like Susan Mallery’s Fool’s Gold Cookbook. If you are a frequent reader here, you know I’m a big fan of Mallery’s series and her love stories so it’s an extra bonus to get a brand new novella within the pages of 150 mouthwatering recipes. (You may not want to check it out on an empty stomach.)

Divided by season, each recipe is made up of ingredients that are already in your pantry or are easy to find at the neighborhood grocery store. Fajita quesadillas, peach pie, watermelon lemonade, Greek salad sandwich, pumpkin spice latte muffins, breakfast burritos… the possibilities are indeed endless. In fact, it was really hard for me to narrow down which recipes to sample this past weekend. I wanted to make everything.

The cookbook is crisp looking, color coded by seasons, and easy to read. I do wish there were more pictures and the prep time was listed above the directions, but I can guarantee that whatever level you fall into in the kitchen, there is a recipe that will fit your needs and not take your entire day to prepare. (More time to read!)

Here’s a sneak peek of the inside:

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Susan Mallery Fool

Isn’t it gorgeous?

Well to celebrate the release of this cookbook we whipped up two recipes from it this weekend. I must say first that my husband is a very picky eater so we did modify our dinner choice: Fettuccine with Citrus-Parsley Pesto. It was such a refreshing and light pasta dish and instead of shrimp, we marinated chicken breast in orange juice for a few hours in our fridge and then cooked it into the pasta and sauce.

Best of all? We only needed to purchase pesto, chicken, and fettuccine for this dish. Super affordable and easy. (Oh and we topped it off with some fresh bread.)

Modified Fettuccine with Citrus-Parsley Pesto

For dessert, I broke my ban on all things pumpkin (it’s been too early!) and decided to bake pumpkin whoopie pies. Again, I had most of the ingredients (including a can of actual pumpkin) and decides how messy it is to roll balls of dough around in cinnamon and sugar, the final product was so worth it. (Even my husband who does not like pumpkin loved them!)

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies from Susan Mallery

With the colder months coming up, I know I’m going to be more inclined to stay in and cook (since my apartment won’t be a thousand degrees) both old standbys and tasty new concoctions.

I’m really impressed with the easy to understand instructions and the variety of food contains in Susan Mallery’s newest venture. (Plus it’s adorable that the included novella lends a backstory to the fictional existence of the cookbook too!)

For fans of the Fool’s Gold series and foodies,  I definite suggest adding this to your wish list immediately.

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Big thanks to my helper:

Pepper Cooking Assistant

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Note: screencaps taken from early copy of the cookbook; the finished copy may differ a bit.

September 18, 2013 - 3:11 am

Alexa Y. - That pasta dish looks DELICIOUS. I’ll definitely have to check this out, as I really need to start learning how to cook… or at least attempting to do it more, since I know the basics.

September 16, 2013 - 11:43 am

Ann - Love the photos plus a novella. Count me in.

September 16, 2013 - 11:03 am

Patty B - I love to make Hawaiian chicken over rice. The recipes sure look good.

September 16, 2013 - 11:01 am

Hannah - I love baking. Sometimes I may way too much and end up taking trays of cakes and biscuits round to my neighbors. Once I’ve started I just can’t stop!!!

September 14, 2013 - 10:10 am

Lynn R. - My favorite thing to make and eat is beef stew! This cookbook has some might good looking recipes to make.

September 13, 2013 - 11:06 am

Gmapeony - I love steak and love to make chicken parmesan; my daughter loves my marinara sauce and I make the cutlets very thin, that is the trick.

September 12, 2013 - 1:51 pm

Karen Triolo - Comment did not show; will try again.

I love making eggplant parmesan; my little daughter likes it and she is fussy.

September 12, 2013 - 1:50 pm

Karen Triolo - I love to make eggplant parmesan. Even my little daughter loves it.

September 12, 2013 - 8:26 am

Patoct - I love to cook and eat. Fav thing to eat is lasagna and I do make it as well.

September 10, 2013 - 11:19 pm

Liz (Along for the Read) - Oh my goodness, you’re making me hungry!

I love to bake, especially chocolate cookies and apple pie. And I like to make pasta so that fettuccine looks magnificent. Really I like to make anything delicious.

I’ve only read one of the Fool’s Gold books, but they are definitely a good go to for when I’m on a romance kick.

September 10, 2013 - 7:18 pm

Bookworm1858 - Your helper must have done a lot-looks tired! I just want to reach in and hug your cat though I have my own (pretty similar looking) one to hug with me right now. I’m not much interested in cooking myself but I love looking at cookbooks and watching cooking shows.

September 10, 2013 - 3:26 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - Oops, I didn’t realize that I was supposed to comment about something specific ;P My favourite thing to bake (and eat!) are my grandma’s chocolate chip cookies.

September 10, 2013 - 3:25 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - What fun to see a non-fiction review! This cookbook sounds super interesting … what a unique concept to group recipes by season. I’m not much of a cook (hubby takes the cake in that category!) but perhaps I could be inspired if I had a new book of recipes to try? ;)

September 10, 2013 - 2:56 pm

Tammy - What don’t I love to cook? I love to both cook and bake about everything. Now that fall is approaching, homemade bread and soups.

September 10, 2013 - 12:56 pm

Christine L. - My favorite thing to cook is a grilled fontina sandwich and a bowl of tomato rice soup. So, yeah, I need a cookbook with simple instructions to inspire expanding my limited repertoire. Now, my favorite thing to eat is escargots en croute, which evidences that this palate of mine is way more sophisticated than my skill!

September 10, 2013 - 12:50 pm

Cristina - Betty…I’m right there with you lol. I love to cook don’t really have a favorite thing. I love to try new things. I hate baking though.

September 10, 2013 - 12:47 pm

Cristina - Looks like a great cookbook

September 10, 2013 - 10:05 am

Daphne - my fave thing to cook is my mom’s meatloaf. so good & no one makes it like her (except i do come close). i really want to try those pumpkin whoopie pies b/c no one likes pumpkin here & i could eat them all myself :)

September 10, 2013 - 9:59 am

Cassie - A FAVORITE!? Oh goodness! You guys know I LOVE to cook! I guess I really enjoy making risotto despite the endless stirring it requires!!

I also love making latkes ;)

September 10, 2013 - 9:55 am

Betty - Ha… who is the ass that didn’t read the blurb before commenting?? THIS GIRL! Anyway, I love cooking…. recently I made Swiss Chard Stuffed Shells and though it required A LOT of work and lots of steps that had to be done at exactly the right time… lol it turned out really good and I had fun!! :)

September 10, 2013 - 9:53 am

Betty - I love cookbooks! Love that there is a novella involved too– how cool! :) nom nom nom <3

Estelle: Jessica Darling’s IT List (#1) by Megan McCafferty

Jessica DarlingJessica Darling’s IT List (#1) by Megan McCafferty ( web | tweet )
Publication Date: September 3, 2013
Publisher: Poppy / Little Brown
Pages: 240
Target audience: Middle grade / Jessica Darling fans!
Keywords: starting middle school, friendships, siblings
Format read: ARC from Shanyn of Chick Loves Lit. Thanks!!
Other books reviewed by MM: Bumped

Summary: Jessica Darling is starting the seventh grade, and she’s confident (?!) that with the help of her older sister’s list, she will be the talk of the seventh grade.

It’s official. Jessica Darling has joined the ranks of two of my lifelong favorite middle grade book heroines: Anastasia Krupnik (Lois Lowry) and Alice McKinley (Phyllis Naylor Reynolds). I have read and re-read the quirky books about Anastasia and Alice’s lives so many times; they are two literary characters that I feel I know so so well. And now Jessica Darling? It’s like a dream come true.

It’s always a little nerve-wracking when an author decides to revisit a popular literary icon (yay!) and transport them back in time a little bit. But Megan McCafferty can legit do no wrong so I’m not sure if I was ever that worried. Maybe I was just concerned I would become Darling obsessed all over again and never read another new book until I got through the whole series.

(Truth: so hard not to pick up my copy of Sloppy Firsts, which I’m pretty sure has been winking at me since last week.)

Not only is the IT List totally funny, honest, and SO Jessica, but it does a few things that I love. As a middle grade book, it will introduce new kiddies to this series. And for all of us who have been dying since finishing Perfect Fifths and daydreaming about what’s going on with our favorite girl, we get the opportunity to learn more about the pre-high school Jessica and totally fall in love with her all over again.

Middle school was not the happiest time of my life so I could totally relate to how nervous Jessica was about starting seventh grade. The clothes, the friends, the lunch table antics, wood shop, staying true to her sister’s sparkling high school reputation. The pressure! The exclamation points!! AND THE CAPS LETTERS. (Amazing additions, let me tell you.) McCafferty does a great job of balancing several parts of Jessica’s life: she wants attention from her sister and will follow through with the IT List if that’s what it takes to get it and what about the best friend who becomes the popular one?

Jessica continues to be spunky, hilarious, super smart, and a very thorough thinker. (As she says, it’s totally her hobby.) It was hard not to speed through The IT List because it had such a confident rhythm. McCafferty’s writing is strong and she never forgoes Jessica’s voice and intelligence level even though it is being marketed as middle grade. It definitely has a timeless quality for the any-age reader. (Plus there is a Muppet reference and talk of Seaside Heights — two bonuses for me!)

Listen carefully and do what I say: buy this book and love this book. Because Jessica Darling is so back. (Even though a character like her never leaves us in the first place.)

P.S. Marcus Flutie.

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September 18, 2013 - 3:09 am

Alexa Y. - The fact that you referenced Anastasia Krupnik has me SOLD on reading this book. Seriously, I loved her — and because you loved her AND Jessica? I’m definitely going to be checking this book out, along with the rest of the Jessica Darling books.

September 14, 2013 - 5:33 pm

Ri - The thing I love most about JD is how relatable she is. Whether its her witty or sarcastic thoughts or her trying to fit into reality while maintaining her true self, we’ve all been there. This series is one of few I never get tired of reading over and over and it makes me laugh everytime.

September 13, 2013 - 6:58 pm

Joli @ Actin' Up with Books - Jessica Darling made me fall in love with young adult characters as an adult. When the book first published, I was 24 reading a ton of chick-lit (books for “my age group” and books for Grad School, but once I read Sloppy Firsts, I wanted to read more books with characters like Jessica – young, fun, sarcastic, and REAL.

This is my favorite series EVER and I am so happy that Megan is giving readers a younger Jessica. I won a copy of this for my niece – I want this to be the book that makes her fall in love with reading, and I hope that I am lucky to win this one for me (if not, I’m getting a copy to read along with her asap).

Thanks for sharing your love of this book and the series and hosting this fantastic giveaway. Anyone who wins will be lucky to experience the awesomeness of Megan McCafferty and Jessica Darling.

September 13, 2013 - 6:57 pm

Vivian - I haven’t read any of this series’ books, but I’ve heard good things!

September 11, 2013 - 10:34 am

Jennifer Jensen - I haven’t read Jessica Darling novels before and only recently discovered them. Looking forward to reading them all! Thanks for the giveaway!!

September 11, 2013 - 1:48 am

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - I’m TOTALLY going to pick this one up! My favourite Jessica was in the first two books, when she was silly and snarky — I found that she lost a bit of her snarkiness in the last couple of books. Plus, I like a good middle grade read now and then, so this one sounds just perfect!

September 10, 2013 - 11:07 pm

Amanda @ Late Nights with Good Books - I thought that the Jessica Darling series overall got a bit weaker as the series continued and Jessica got older. So with that logic, a story about an earlier Jessica should be good…I think? lol This sounds super cute and like a lot of fun, in all honesty. I regret the fact that I never really had a MG literary heroine. If I did, though, I can imagine Jessica being a fantastic one.

September 10, 2013 - 7:47 am

Maggie, Young Adult Anonymous - To my everlasting shame, I’ve only read the first Jessica Darling book. I KNOW! And I loved it so I don’t know why I haven’t read the others. Oh wait, Marcus Flutie. I can’t with his redheaded dreads!!

September 10, 2013 - 12:14 am

Bookworm1858 - If one has not read the Darling books, should one start with this book or read the original books first? I think I read Sloppy Firsts years ago and didn’t really connect with it but I want to give them a go again as someone who is far more up on YA lit now.

September 9, 2013 - 10:29 pm

Theresa M. - I love that Jessica, while being our protagonist and someone you want to see succeed, is a complicated, authentic individual that makes her easy to relate to, and I think most readers can see themselves in her.

September 9, 2013 - 11:58 am

Hazel @ Stay Bookish - I love love love Jessica Darling! Truth be told, I was a little disappointed that Megan McCafferty decided to do a prequel instead of another book that follows Perfect Fifths. Nonetheless, I cannot wait to explore and read about middle school Jessica! I’m glad she has kept her humor and spunk! Great review, Estelle! <3

September 9, 2013 - 11:50 am

Tammy - I got the free preview of this book on my kindle. It looks like a fun read.

Estelle: The Truth about You and Me by Amanda Grace

The Truth and You and Me by Amanda GraceThe Truth about You and Me by Amanda Grace ( tweet )
Amanda Grace is also writes as Mandy Hubbard.
Publication Date: September 8, 2013
Publisher: Flux Books
Pages: 235
Target audience: Young adult
Keywords: student/teacher romance, family pressure, sibling rivalry
Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. (Thanks!)

Summary: When Madelyn is given the opportunity to take college level courses at 16, she never thought she would fall in love with her professor. Bennett is 26 years old, and totally aware that he should not be dating his student. What he doesn’t know that Madelyn is actually still in high school. Through her letters to Bennett, we watch as they grow closer in friendship and wonder just how it will all end.

I know a lot of people who are going to be turned off by The Truth about You and Me because of the assumed teacher/student affair plotline. Chances are if you look at the crime section of any news website, you are going to see similar looking stories. I obviously don’t condone these relationships, but they do happen and Amanda Grace has taken this story and really spun it on its heels.

Here we have a responsible adult (who happens to be a professor) who knows just how much engaging in a relationship with his student could jeopardize his career and his entire life. So he trusts in who Madelyn is, and they decide to wait until the semester is over to do anything about their feelings for each other. Only Madelyn is the one who doesn’t unveil all the facts. She’s only 16; she’s still in high school.

And Bennett has absolutely no idea.

The Truth About You and Me is a really fast-paced read (I got through it in a few hours) but it really made me think about the level of maturity we need to have to be a part of certain relationships, how easy it is to hide who we really are, remaining in control (or so you think), and just what happens when the truth comes out. This is not a story about an older man preying on a younger woman, a child. I believe that Bennett and Madelyn had the makings of a solid relationship but there are so many “ifs” involved… and originating from her own dishonesty? So interesting.

I was incredibly wrapped up in this romance and its complications, and so impressed with how carefully they treated their situation until their deadline. But Grace also sheds some light on the pressure parents place on us to be perfect, and what happens when that product of perfection runs free. Being book smart does not necessary mean being street smart, and what Madelyn made up for in brains, she certainly lacked in maturity.

I definitely suggest giving The Truth about You and Me a shot. You might be pleasantly surprised at your reaction. Two other books that popped in my head when reading this were Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally and Where You Are by J.H. Trumble. Sometimes people’s actions are not so clear cut and all three of these books are examples of that.

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September 22, 2013 - 1:09 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - I didn’t realize this one was about a relationship between a teacher and a student, but that’s probably because I haven’t really read anything about it aside from noticing the cover popping up around the blogosphere. I’m a little turned off by the premise, but you’ve managed to make me interested in it with your review. Definitely one I’d consider picking up if I saw it at the library!

September 20, 2013 - 1:12 am

Katy - I’ve been wondering about this one! I have a (weird?) interest in fictional teacher/student stories. There isn’t usually much hope for a positive ending, but they are interesting. I like that he doesn’t know she’s that young and, it isn’t about him preying on her. “Being book smart does not necessary mean being street smart” is so true! Their relationship sounds really fascinating and I really want to try this one sometime!

September 18, 2013 - 3:07 am

Alexa Y. - This book sounds great! I love that it really tackles the whole student-teacher relationship dynamic, right alongside the incredible age gap. It should be interesting, if slightly worrying, to read this story. But I do believe that romances can form between people you least expect. My only problem? The dishonesty. I’ll definitely be checking this out!

September 10, 2013 - 11:23 pm

Liz (Along for the Read) - Ooh this sounds really interesting. I don’t know if it would have stood out if I had come across it any other way, but your reviews are always so enticing! I am definitely adding this straight to the top of my TBR, I need something different to spice things up.

September 9, 2013 - 2:03 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I was really surprised at how much I liked this one, I had a really difficult time motivating myself to pick it up, but I was glad I finally did. I’m on board with pretty much everything you said and the book definitely raises a lot of though-provoking questions.

September 8, 2013 - 9:13 pm

Joli @ Actin' Up with Books - I always enjoy reading your reviews. When I first learned of this book, I wanted to read it. It isn’t one that I have to read asap, but will get to eventually. I appreciate your honest review and am glad to know that it is worth it.

September 8, 2013 - 8:16 pm

Jess - Hmmm, this isn’t a book I’m familiar with but I’m willing to give the premise a change. I also like the character names.

September 8, 2013 - 5:25 pm

Jen - I had some problems with the romance and whether it was real or not, but I agree, Madelyn’s book smart was definitely not equivalent to her level of maturity. And yes, this book certainly was engaging for that matter. It looks like we share pretty much the same opinions for this book! Brilliant review, Estelle!

September 8, 2013 - 2:41 pm

Hazel @ Stay Bookish - I have yet to read this but I’m happy to hear you liked this, Estelle! I enjoyed Miranda Kenneally’s Stealing Parker and aside from the student-teacher thing, it seems like the two books have more in common, specifically the main character’s immaturity. I agree with you though- the things people do aren’t always so black and white. Wonderful review!

September 8, 2013 - 2:34 pm

molly @ wrapped up in books - I have this one but haven’t gotten to it, but your review definitely makes me intrigued. I really loved JH Trumble’s What We Know, and also felt that the it took an icky subject matter and didn’t ignore the consequences/problems with a student-teacher relationship, but also portrayed it in a way that made it incredibly compelling. When I’m looking for a short, quick read I’ll pick this up!

September 8, 2013 - 1:08 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - I’m glad you ended up liking this one, Estelle! I just couldn’t get past my own personal ick factor, but I do agree that it’s a quick, easy read.

September 8, 2013 - 10:19 am

Bookworm1858 - I ended up really liking this book too-I wasn’t sure due to the subject matter but found that it handled the topic sensitively.

Two in One: What Goes Around by Courtney Summers

Great news! It’s Friday. But that’s not the only great news we are sharing today.

Courtney Summers released a new book this past Tuesday, and (yay!) it’s a combo of two of her previous books: CRACKED UP TO BE and SOME GIRLS ARE.

Here’s a summary of WHAT GOES AROUND, provided by St. Martin’s Press:

What Goes Around by Courtney Summers

Two girls. Two secrets. Two gritty, critically acclaimed novels in one.

For Parker, perfection is all that matters. No one will know how wrong she is inside if everything she does ends up right. But when the pressure proves too much, she makes a devastating mistake she’ll do anything to keep hidden—even if it means becoming a perfect mess. For Regina, popularity comes with a price. When she’s kicked out of her clique, she finds out what it’s like to be those she’s bullied and destroyed. Everyone says she has it coming . . . but is there something they don’t know?

There is more to these two girls than meets the eye.

With unflinching honesty and a razor sharp voice, Courtney Summers brings the tensions of high school terrifyingly alive inWhat Goes Around.

Both of these books have been reviewed on RBR and received some superb praise!

On Some Girls Are:

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On Cracked Up to Be:

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But wait, there’s more!

Read the first three chapters of both novels from WHAT GOES AROUND & be sure to visit Courtney Summers’ Facebook page to stay up-to-date on her writing!

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September 12, 2013 - 11:31 pm

Ellen - I haven’t read either of these books yet so it’s exciting (and convenient) that they’re compiled into one volume! <3

September 7, 2013 - 5:17 pm

Aleesha Simpson - YEAHHHHH!! THIS is awesome,Courtney Summers is my favourite author!

September 6, 2013 - 10:43 pm

Bookworm1858 - I still haven’t read Cracked Up to Be but I want to!

September 6, 2013 - 5:07 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - I got all excited and thought NEW COURTNEY SUMMERS???? OMG!!!!!! And then realized I’ve already read both books =(

Estelle: Big Sky Wedding by Linda Lael Miller

Big Sky Wedding by Linda Lael Miller: August 2013 Harlequin romanceBig Sky Wedding by Linda Lael Miller  ( web | tweet )
Publication Date: August 27, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin
Pages: 384
Target audience: Adult
Keywords: life changes, ranch, romance, baggage
Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. (Thanks!)
Other book I reviewed by Linda Lael Miller: Big Sky Summer

Summary: Celeb heartthrob Zane Sutton is escaping Hollywood for his neglected ranch in Montana. He doesn’t plan to have his half-brother, Nash, in toe or the mysterious Brylee, living on the ranch next to his. Brylee hasn’t fully moved on since she was jilted at the altar, even though it seems like everyone else has. She’s a workaholic and has been totally avoiding going out with her best girlfriends, yet for some reason she can’t stop thinking about Zane despite their awkward first meeting. Is she capable of moving forward for good?

I think it’s a pretty fair statement to say that you don’t want to meet the man of your dreams when you are literally hugging a tree.

Right? Not exactly the best first impression.

This is how it all starts for Zane and Brylee. It’s one of those situations where they can’t stop thinking about each other after that first, very strange meeting. But things are standing in their way, of course. Zane is focused on settling down on his ranch and unexpectedly integrating his younger brother into his life. (Their dad is known for living his kids for long periods of time.)  And though it’s been years since Brylee had been publicly embarrassed when she was left at the altar, she hasn’t moved forward much and, instead, dedicates most of her time and energy to her business.

This is only my second Miller romance, and while I really liked Big Sky Summer, I did like this book more. I think Zane and Brylee were more relatable characters and I liked how the author chose to focus on the lives of these two characters that were undoubtably filled with more than just a budding romance. (In fact, my one complaint is that the romance happens too close to the end and the good stuff felt rushed.) Miller is so fantastic at making her setting shine: the horseback riding, the small town feel, the cowboy hats. I don’t think I’ve ever has a desire to visit Montana and after reading her books, I’m ready to pack my bag.

Let’s be real, folks. A title like Big Sky Wedding pretty much tells us how things are going to turn out, but how Zane and Brylee actually get there? It’s not melodramatic, it’s not over the top unrealistic, it just sort of is. Of course, there’s a good amount of hotness thrown in with some “eff you” heels and a killer red dress. But I don’t want to give too much away. Except there is one detail at the end of the book that really surprised me, and that I thought was a pretty awesome decision on behalf of the gentlemanly Zane.

Oh, and any book that has the line “kiss me cowboy” is a must-read for me.

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September 18, 2013 - 3:04 am

Alexa Y. - Cowboys! A ranch! This book sounds like a positively escapist sort of read, as I’ve never really met a cowboy or gone to real ranch. I’m glad that the relationship and how it develops is done fairly well, and it’s also great that each character has their own challenges to deal with.

September 10, 2013 - 7:52 am

Maggie, Young Adult Anonymous - Okay, Estelle. You have me intrigued enough that I may get over my hatred of ridiculous names (Brylee??) to read this. Kissing cowboys! Mmm hmm…

The only small town I’d want to visit is Stars Hollow! :)

September 7, 2013 - 10:42 pm

Kai W. - There are two places I would love to revisit. They are Ojai (in Southern California) and Half Moon Bay (up near San Francisco). I found them to be quite calm and quiet without the hussle and bussle of the city.

September 5, 2013 - 7:15 pm

Bookworm1858 - I don’t read a lot of contemporary romances or western books but I do like the sound of this one especially since you say the characters are so realistic and down to earth.

September 5, 2013 - 6:39 pm

Leah @ The Pretty Good Gatsby - I’m SUCH a sucker for cowboys/country boys. Mmm. I see Miller’s books constantly at work and have been curious for a while now. :) You’ve sold me on this one, Estelle!

September 5, 2013 - 1:52 pm

Tammy - I would love to drive up the northwest coast again. Small coastal towns are fun to pop in and visit.