Rash and Rationality by Ellen Mint

41l-Hu7k1fLRash and Rationality by Ellen Mint is the second book in the “Happy Ever After Austen” series. I received this book as a review copy from StoryOrigin and am thankful to them for the same.

The blurb:

FROM POPULAR ROMANCE AUTHOR ELLEN MINT

Book two in the Happily Ever Austen series

Love is a lot closer and more complicated than Marty ever dreamed.

Marty Dashwood is a true romantic. Hearts, chocolates, kisses on the hand—the whole nine yards. His killjoy brother Eldon doesn’t believe in love at first sight, but one day Marty will have the perfect meet-cute, she’ll fall helplessly in love with him and they’ll live happily ever after.

Brandy’s worked with Marty for almost two years. He’s the best friend she could ever have hoped for after the accident that took her husband. So she should be happy that Marty finally found what he’d always wanted, right?

So why does it feel like every time she sees Marty with the ‘Social-Media Angel’ he rescued from a mugger, a piece breaks off her heart? How can she explain any of this to him before she loses her best friend forever?

Rash and Rationality is a modern gender-swapped friends-to-lovers Sense & Sensibility, set in a cozy bookshop.

The story:

Brandy Benson met the love of her life at seventeen, married him at twenty, owned a tiny bakery at twenty two and was widowed at twenty four. After Kevin’s death, she sold the bakery and is now working at a bookstore, Turn The Page.

Martin Dashwood has been her co-worker since she joined the bookstore and later, he became her best friend. Marty is the impractical romantic one, unlike his serious elder brother, Eldon.

Brandy and Martin spent time together, watching movies and then Martin falls for Janeth Willows, a beautiful girl he rescues. Janeth is everything Marty is not.

Brandy is not comfortable with the same.

My take:

Having read the first book in the series, I was looking forward to reading this one. But, this can be read as a standalone. The story is simple, friends to lovers kind of story. The setting is a book shop and the main characters work there.

I loved the friendship between Brandy and Marty and the bickering between Marty and Eldon. The feelings of both Marty and Brandy have been described. Even the secondary characters like Eldon, Mel, and Marty’s mother are interesting.

The story is well written, a bit long, in a simple language and the twist was interesting. The descriptions are detailed.

DISCLAIMER: I received a free e-book from StoryOrigin in exchange for an honest review. I have not received any monetary compensation for the same.

Spotlight: The Backyard Tales by Aniesha Brahma

 

 

 

 
About The Book
 

 


The Backyard Tales is the story of the bond shared between 17-year-old Mia Basu Roy and her beloved cat, Pippo. She seems to understand him far too well for a human. And he seems to have another life that Mia begins to suspect. She follows her cat to their backyard and down a very dangerous road which leads her to witches, talking animals, and a story that’s much bigger than what she initially suspected. 

 

Read this story to discover all of Mia and Pippo’s secrets, be enchanted by magic, and get the answer to a question that has haunted us for ages: does a cat truly love their owner? 

 

 

Book Purchase Link

 

Amazon India | Amazon USA

 

 

Book Excerpt

 

Cats are inquisitive but hate to admit it. – Mason Cooley

 

Chapter Five: The Witch

Pippo had often heard his mini owner recall old times when she and her friend, Shekhar, had dared each other to go to their house’s backyard. She had laughed about the idea that it was probably haunted because she knew for a fact it couldn’t be. He knew otherwise now. Only, it wasn’t haunted by spooky spirits. It was haunted instead by a witch. The Witch all the animals seemed to be scared of.

 

“So the backyard, is haunted?” Pippo said in a breath, “Only by…her?”

 

“Has Brown and White finally answered my summons?” asked the Witch, now coming into focus.

 

She looked exactly like Pippo had seen in the television shows Mia would watch. She was clad from head to foot in black. Even her nails had been painted in black. Only, she was exceptionally pretty, almost as though her beauty was bewitching. And on her shoulder was perched, Mr.Crow.

 

“She means you, fluffy head,” said Brown, swatting Pippo lightly on the head.

 

“My name is PippoBasu Roy,” growled Pippo, angrily at Brown. He licked his left paw and rubbed the same against his ears.

 

“Oh, he’s a keeper,” hooted Brown, “Since when do cats have surnames?” “Enough!” thundered the Witch, “I will not have any of that in my courtroom.”

 

“Courtroom,” whispered Pippo in shock. Recovering a little he spat, “Who are you kidding, lady? This is my mini owner’s backyard.”

 

“Mini owner!” thundered the Witch, narrowing her eyes at the new member of her little animal kingdom, “Do you not know you belong to me now?”

 

“I belong to no one,” Pippo snarled at her, “If anything – mini owner belongs to me!”

 

“Indeed she does,” laughed the Witch, “Tell me, if I were to kill you now in cold blood, would she come and stop me?”

 

She inched nearer to Pippo, who stood his ground. He growled, baring his teeth, waiting for the perfect opportunity to strike.

 

“Do you really think biting me is going to get you anywhere, you obnoxious ball of fur?” asked the Witch, “I am a witch, damn it.”

 

“Now,” said Pippo, not taking his eyes off her for a second, “Do you have a name, Miss Witch? Or should I just keep calling you Witch?”

 

“Oh, now he’s done it,” said Brown, hooting with laughter.

 

He got smacked on the head by White Little almost immediately, “Don’t laugh. Don’t you see how serious this could get?”

 

Author Bio

 

 

Young Adult and Children’s novelist, Aniesha Brahma, studied Comparative Literature. She started her career has as a social media manager in a publishing house. Currently works as a senior content writer in a digital media agency. When she is not working, she is dreaming up stories, conducting sessions for her popular YouTube Series, Chai & Chill, or planning how to get even more books and bookish content to readers via BUZZ Magazine. You can read more of her work at Aniesha’s Musings and drop a line at aniesha.brahma@gmail.com
 
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Life Unexpected by J S Baker

51P-uZQyd1LI received Life Unexpected by J S Baker as a review copy from StoryOrigin and am thankful to them for the same.

The blurb:

One unexpected moment can change your life forever.

Stephanie Rogers learned that lesson the hard way. Following the tragedy of her parent’s death, she escaped her small Oklahoma town the summer after high school and never looked back. When fate lands her in Dallas, Texas, she starts over and leaves the past behind–until it catches up with her.

Strikingly handsome Ben Douglas worked hard to get to where he is today–managing one of the most popular bar and grills in the city. He doesn’t have time for love, but Steph instantly entrances him. The problem is, his roommate and best friend, Conner, got to her first.

Steph isn’t looking for a serious relationship–she ran away from it when she left her fiancé behind in Oklahoma without even a goodbye or warning. Conner seems like the perfect choice for a few carefree dates, but he’s not the one who keeps making her heart race every time he walks into the room.

Through heartache and struggle, surprises and bliss, cute and curvy Steph learns that sometimes the best things in life are unexpected.

Grab your copy of this captivating romance today!

This is book 1 of 3 in “The Unexpected Series.” Each is a standalone romance with overlapping characters that are full of happily ever afters.

The story:

Benjamin Franklin Douglas was eight, his brother Patrick was ten when eight year old Danyelle Abigail Strickland’s family moved in next door. The three of them became an instant group of The Three Musketeers. And in eighth grade Ben and Danny realized that they could be best friends and nothing more.

At his first year of college, Ben started working part-time at a local busy bar and grill trying to learn as much as he could about the restaurant business, eventually became a server, then moved to bartending, then eventually assistant manager. The owner and current manager promised him that if he finished school and kept doing a great job, then he could run the place. And that became Ben’s goal. He would rarely have time to date and had a steady girlfriend for two years. Until a one night stand landed him with a baby, Sarah, who he co-parented with her mother. Conner Wade Young is also Ben’s best friend.

Patrick is completely the opposite, success driven, graduated in the top ten percent of his high school class and graduated with a finance degree and landed a job in Dallas at the investment division of a mainstream bank. A hopeless romantic, he has been perpetually and forever in love with Danyelle, the girl next door.

Stephanie Rogers lost her parents five years ago and she left her hometown and drove until she reached Dallas and decided to stay there. She ends up getting a job in Danny’s shop and the two become friends.  And then Danny takes her to Ben’s bar on her birthday where she meets Patrick, Ben and Conner and Ben is smitten.

Danny tries to match make and Stephanie thinks that Ben is in love with Danny.

My take:

The book started slowly and after about 20 percent of the book, I was fully involved.

The characters are realistic. I loved Ben and Danny’s friendship, almost envied it. This book explores friendship, families as well as responsibilities.

The language is simple and the story has been written in such a way that we get to know more about the characters as the story moves forward.

This book can be read at leisure. Looking forward to the other books in the series.

DISCLAIMER: I received a free e-book from StoryOrigin in exchange for an honest review. I have not received any monetary compensation for the same.

Mohini by Anuja Chandramouli

55098734._SY475_I received Mohini by Anuja Chandramouli as a review copy from the publisher, Rupa Publications, and I am thankful to them for the same.

The blurb:

Elusive as a fragment of a forgotten dream, fragile as a figment from fantasy, Mohini is perfection made possible.

Distilled from the essence of Vishnu, Mohini the Enchantress is a part of him and yet she revels in the autonomy and extraordinary powers of beauty, magic and enchantment that are hers to wield. She is loved and desired by all in existence and yet, she is elusive – tantalizing temptress, traipsing her way across the topsy-turvy terrain of fable and myth.

Mohini’s meandering path will see her in the thick of things as the Devas and Asuras try to get their hands on Amrita—the nectar of immortality, blunder into a love triangle that will spark a bloody war, fulfil the last wish of a dead hero, and traipse into a romantic tryst with Mahadeva. She also becomes the mother of Shastha, a beacon of hope for all who are considered oddities by a spiteful society that recognises only two genders.
Set against the tumult and intrigue of a celestial quest for immortality, Anuja Chandramouli brings the extraordinary saga of Mohini to vivid life. She takes the reader on a dizzying ride through the shifting sands of time, expertly navigating the quagmire of gender, love, lust and desire, deftly untangling the threads of tall tales and terrible truths, while spinning a deliciously entertaining yarn for the ages.

My take:

Mythological fiction is a difficult topic for me because it is difficult to unlearn what we know and learn. But this book made me realise many things, made me read about many mythological characters which I had not read about in the various Amar Chitra Kathas that I had read while growing up.

Written in first person from the point of view of Mohini, the female Avatar of Vishnu, this book talks about the reason as to why she was created. The book has been set around the mythological event, the Samudra Manthan, or the churning of the ocean of Milk, between the Asuras and the Devas. The author has also presented the Asuras’ perspective.

The characters have been beautifully portrayed and we meet new ones in each chapter. Though the female characters are strong and have been represented, but the system is still patriarchal.

The language is simple and a mix of English and hindi words. The research that has gone into writing this book is immense, and it shows. I took a long time finishing the book because I found it too intense at times, and had to keep it for sometime to let all that I read to settle down.

DISCLAIMER: I received a free copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. i have not received any monetary compensation for the same.

 

Release Day Blitz: A Lifetime to Move On by Anupriya Chowdhary

~ Release Day ~

About the Book:

When Kumar finds out that his only daughter is in love, he has a tough time coming to terms with the fact that his Doll has grown up already. But his displeasure takes a different turn when he realizes who his daughter’s love interest is.

Sarika couldn’t have been happier at the news of her elder son having found the love of his life. She can’t wait to see him happily married. But the revelation about the girl’s parents numbs her as much as it shocks her.

What is it in their past that Kumar and Sarika need to make peace with, so that their children can find their ‘Happily Ever After’.  Will they be able to do so?

Book Links:

Goodreads

 

Meet Sarika

Sarika believes that she has left her traumatic past and move on in the true sense. And why not?

She is successful, recognized and rewarded. Not only as a social entrepreneur but a loving wife and a doting mother to two sons.

She had really not foreseen that on his annual vacation to India, her elder son would drop a bomb albeit a pleasant one on them. And now she couldn’t wait to prepare for the Shagun for the girl who her son has chosen as the one for himself.

Only if she knew better. However ironical it sounded, but for her son to be happy, she had to clear a test herself. Was she prepared to face the past she had thought she had left far behind in her life?

His silence has angered her then. She had endured a lonely bitterness and worked her way through life. But had she moved on in the true sense? Probably not.  Was she ready to face her demons in person at this age?

The stakes are high. Her only hope is that her nemesis too understood the same. Could they finally patch up after 30 years?

About the Author:

Anupriya belongs to that generation of Idiots (the proud ones though), who did their engineering first and then decided on what they actually wanted to do. She completed her MBA in Human Resources and worked in the corporate world for 8 years, before taking a professional break. A mom by day and a reader/writer by night, Anupriya is a die-hard romantic. Yet she believes that love (in any relationship) is a part of life, not, the heart of life. And she aims to bring to the world, stories around this theme. She can be found in the dot com world at her blog http://www.mommytincture.com, which contains her ranting about her experiences in her various roles as a mother, daughter, wife and foremost a human being, all churned together. It is also her outlet to the world where she doles out loads of gyaan on self-improvement and relationship management.

Anupriya on the Web:

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Off Limits: an age-gap forbidden romance by Mariyam Hasnain

41jXhsPmxiL._SY346_I received Off Limits: an age-gap forbidden romance by Mariyam Hasnain as a review copy from the author and StoryOrigin and I am thankful to them for the same.

The blurb:

Single Dad, Aditya Bakshi, knows what it takes to deal with a failed marriage. Having been separated from his wife for years, he thinks love & romance are a part of his past. He devotes himself to his grown daughter, unbeknownst that life has a surprise in store for him. Surprise that arrives in the form of Ria, his daughter’s new college mate.
Relationships have let Ria down all the time. She is tired of frat boys and casual dating. A single meeting with the new man in the neighborhood brings the spark back in her life. She wants to know more about this single Dad. The one who is hot as hell. The one who is years older than her. And the one who happens to be her friend’s dad.

Would their age-gap become an obstacle for Ria or would it act as a fuel for already burning fire?

How long would Aditya keep himself away from the irresistible attraction? As the chemistry grows stronger, would he be able to keep hold of himself?

Off limits is a steamy age-gap forbidden romance that will set your heart on fire.

The story:

Seventeen year old Avnika Bakshi has moved five schools in two years. This is because her father, piano teacher, Aditya Bakshi, is moving them from one neighbourhood to another to protect her from the gossip that started after her mother, Tara, left them for a younger, rich man.

Here, he meets nineteen year old, Ria, an orphan, who is Avni’s best friend.

The attraction is mutual, but….

My take:

Written in first person from the points of view of Aditya and Ria, this book is meant for ADULTS ONLY.

The characters are developed in such a way that they keep revealing themselves bit by bit as the story proceeds. I loved the protective father and also the rebellious daughter. I loved the conversations between them and how they try to do right by each other.

The story is fast paced with twists and turns. The book has two epilogues, and I finished it in one sitting flat.

DISCLAIMER: I received a free ARC from the author and StoryOrigin in exchange for an honest review. I have not received any monetary compensation for the same.

A little Something Sweet by Laura Ashwood (The Java Cupid Romance Series Book#1)

51Yb1QZ1vdLI borrowed A little Something Sweet by Laura Ashwood from the Kindle Unlimited Library. This is a sweet small-town romance.

I am thankful to author Louise Grey for suggesting this book.

The blurb:

A woman returning home for a new beginning; a man who returned home to focus on raising his son; the project that brings them face-to-face with their past.

Megan Turner fled Florence, Colorado with a broken heart, never intending to return. When her mother is diagnosed with cancer, Megan doesn’t hesitate to return to the town that holds so many memories. Thank goodness the man that destroyed her dreams moved to California. What she doesn’t count on is a magical coffee shop with a message of hope and a bakery that will put her faith to the test.

Jake Sullivan had it all; but in a moment of weakness, his life changed forever. Now he’s back in Florence trying to heal his pride and build a life for his young son. He loves his job restoring old buildings and he just landed a job repairing the abandoned bakery for its new owner. What he didn’t count on was seeing his first love and having to face the mistakes of his past.

Neither willing to budge, Megan and Jake devise a schedule to spend the least amount of time together possible; but fate and the Java Cupid have other plans. Can they rediscover a connection they once had? What happens as Megan falls in love with Jake’s son and dreams of a new future? When Jake’s past comes calling, will their new dream be destroyed, or will Megan and Jake cook up A Little Something Sweet?

♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

This is a sweet romance.

The story:

Megan Turner and Jake Sullivan grew up together in Florence. Even their mothers became best friends. Megan has been Jake’s girlfriend since he was twelve and they had a dream- of living in a particular Victorian house, of opening a bakery….And then, Jake goes off to California to play baseball; Megan does not follow him and enrolls herself in the culinary school in Colorado Springs, so that she can be close to her mother. . And then he tells her that she was not good enough for him.

Now, seven years later, Megan is back from Denver, where she worked as a pastry chef in a posh hotel, to take care of her mother, her only living parent after losing her favourite parent in an accident. And her mother gifts her an old bakery, the bakery she had grown up eating from, the bakery which closed right before she graduated, as a birthday present, this includes an all-paid renovation. And the person who has been given the job is Jake. Jake, who had always told her that it would be hers someday. Jake, because of whom she never moved back to Florence. Jake, because of whom she never had a relationship. Jake, whom she has avoided after her return.

Four years after his divorce, Jake and his six year old son, Spencer, are managing well with help from his sister and his parents. He hasn’t dated since his divorce and Spencer suggests that he starts dating and even gives him tips.

Megan and Jake have to work together so, they set up a schedule so neither of them have be in the building at the same time. Seeking Jake, Megan realizes that the feelings that she had though were long gone, are stirred up. And for Jake, he slowly gets rid of his guilt and they fall back on their old friendship.

What about their dreams….

My take:

This is the first book of The Java Cupid Romance Series. A clean romance, it was ideal for me when I wanted a short story to unwind. And to top it all, it is a second chance romance.

The characters are lovable and realistic. I loved secondary characters too, who were the catalysts in the romance. The descriptions are detailed. I loved the story and recommend it to everyone, whether you love romance or not. It has love, romance, friendship, humour and most of all meddling mothers. I loved Spencer and his dating tips. I loved the writing on the coffee cup “Love is sweeter the second time around”

I am looking forward to more books in this series and more by this author.

 

Capture her Heart (Book 1 of Glen Point Series) by Catrina Maddox

415NZFI2rnLI received Capture her Heart (Book 1 of Glen Point Series) by Catrina Maddox as a review copy from StoryOrigin and am thankful to them for the same.

The blurb:

Men! A woman doesn’t need one to make their lives complete, does she?

Emily Wilde is sick of picking the ‘safe male.’ It’s not working for her. She’s tired of always being second best.

So maybe a good time, not a long time is what she needs. But is it as simple as that?

Blake Adams is a man who has seen some of this world. As an ex-SAS military operative, he took that drive to his company, taking it to be New Zealand’s leading construction firm.

He has spent his life going after what he has wanted, and he has his sites firmly set on Emily!

Soon Emily finds herself questioning why she is trying to hold off Blake, but there’s a catch it seems someone wants her gone from Blake’s life permanently.

Capture Her Heart – is the first book in the Glen Point Series, Small town Contemporary Sexy Romance.

It you like international locales, sizzling sex scenes, smart woman and a book with a suspense edge. You’ll love this latest HEA instalment from Catrina Maddox.

Buy Capture Her Heart to unlock this exciting new series today!

The story:

Blake Adams, an ex-Special Air Service (SAS) military man turned a small house building company into New Zealand’s biggest construction company. He is invited to the opening of a new hotel on Queenstown’s lakefront, as the owner is a client turned friend. He is also here to view the work of artiste, Emily Wilde, whose work stirred his curiosity.

A famous artiste, who maintains a low profile, and lives in a cottage in Glen Point, Emily, is also attending the party as the only Trustee of the Glen Point Trust. She has been betrayed by her boyfriend, Paul, and is attending the event alone.

There is mutual attraction between them. He is a playboy and she has trust issues.

My take:

This is book one of The Glen Point Series. Having met Emily in Falling for an Artist (Book 0 of the same series), I realized she was a strong person, very close to her Uncle. So when I started this book, I was expecting fireworks and I was not disappointed.

The story is well written, and the characters have been developed well. I really wanted to meet the characters from Falling for an Artist, and when I did not meet them, I was a little disappointed. But Emily and Blake kind of made up for it. The secondary characters are likable and make their presence felt in the story.

The story flows, but better editing would help. The descriptions are detailed. I loved Emily’s studio.

DISCLAIMER: I received a free e-book from StoryOrigin in exchange for an honest review. I have not received any monetary compensation for the same.

With Their Love (Book 3 Keshavam Connections) by Vash Karuppa

51b+sXrJOfL._SY346_I received an ARC of the book With Their Love by Vash Karuppa from the author and am thankful to her for the same. As with her other books, this story also revolves around a Tamil community in South Africa.

The blurb:

Mahika Raj and Aruven Sriram had one thing in common: the marriage between her best friend, Samiksha and his brother, Theviyan. They haven’t spent much time together in the past, but their lives take a turn and become irrevocably entwined when tragedy strikes. An accident killing Samiksha and Theviyan leaves their four-year old daughter, Pravani, orphaned. Mahika and Aruven are forced to accept joint guardianship and live together for six months, knowing it’s the only way to ensure Pravani’s emotional well-being and help her cope with the sudden death of her parents.
Mahika and Aruven work hard to navigate through their newfound roles and form an unexpected bond. They are unconditionally supported by their family and circle of friends, not realising how, even in death, Theviyan and Samiksha ensured that these bonds are strengthened and treasured.

Although Mahika once vowed to keep her distance from Aruven, the sight of him with his orphaned niece melts her resolve. She can’t help but imagine a future together with Aruven and Pravani, especially as his steadfast beliefs on not wanting to marry and have a family slowly start to disintegrate. Just as this future feels within reach, her hopes and dreams are shattered by unforeseen circumstances.

Will Aruven and Mahika be able to overcome the challenges they face and build a new future as a real family together?

The story:

Mahika Raj, Mahi, an osteopathic physician, lives with her parents. Her brother, Eraivan and sister, Hiranya, are married and live close by. She is heart broken when loses best friend, Samiksha and her husband, Theviyan Sriram, in a road accident, when they are on their way back from Mahika’s parents’ house. Their four year daughter, Pravani, is seriously injured.

His older brother, Aruven Sriram, Uvee, a forensic criminologist, moved back from New York, where he was working for ten years, and has just joined a new job in SIU.

So, when Samiksha and Theviyan’s will is read, everyone is shocked: because the will states that Uvee and Mahi are joint guardians of Pravini and they have to live with her for a period of six months. Mahika does not have happy memories of Theviyan’s family, after being insulted by his father, Abhimanyam. Uvee and his father’s estrangement from Theviyan is well known among the close group. But she is ready to stay in the same house with Uvee for Pravi’s happiness.

They are attracted to each other. Mahi knows that Uvee has been honest with her about not having a family and is happy to accept him, the way he was, for as long as he would have her in his life. And Uvee, on the other hand, begins to experience changes that he would have never anticipated in a million years, he had transformed from being an independent, non-family oriented, married-to-his-work kind of guy to a family man.

And then suddenly, Aruven starts spending less and less time at home and becomes secretive about many things.

My take:

As with the previous books in the series, this book is set in a Tamil community in South Africa. Though this is the third book of the series, it can be read as a standalone, but I would recommend that you make time for the previous two books as well.

Having met most of the characters, who are directly or indirectly related to one another, in the previous books, I enjoyed this book all the more as the continuity is maintained. The main characters have been developed in detail, they are realistic with their faults and hangups. The author has portrayed the feelings of the characters in detail. Even the supporting characters like their close knit friend- family circle have important roles to play in the story. I loved the easy camaraderie between the Diva group and also between the men. The scenes have been described in detail and I could picturise some of them easily.

I loved the book. The book has all the ingredients, love, sibling love, friendship, relationships, sacrifice as well as feeling of togetherness. The story is fast paced and unputdownable. The language is simple and I loved the accent of baby Pravani. The cover is beautiful and very apt for the story. As with all her books, the author has highlighted a social issue in this one too. The twists and turns make the story a page turner.

The author has used a lot of South Indian words, but a glossary of terms at the beginning of the book making it easy for readers who are not well versed with the customs and terms.

Sadly, this trilogy has come to an end, but I shall look forward to many more books from her.

DISCLAIMER: I received an ARC of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I have not received any  monetary compensation for the same.

Happily Ever After Do-Over by J S Baker

51cvAnX+w6L._SY346_I received Happily ever after do-over by J S Baker as a review copy from StoryOrigin and am thankful to them for the same.

The blurb:

Fans of the film ‘Sliding Doors’ will love this romantic comedy from J.S. Baker!
Life is made up of choices, but what if you chose wrong for one of the biggest decisions of your life–who to marry?

My name is Rebecca and I am thirty years old. I have been in love with two men in my life. Both seemed to be the right one for me, but I had to choose only one.

Always argumentative and elusive, but very attractive Ethan, was love at first fight. I may have tried to attack him with chapstick and a shoe, but that was when I thought he was an intruder, not my brother’s best friend.

Southern gentleman Cameron came along when I needed him most. He was sensible and safe, but a handsome geek that I couldn’t help falling in love with.
Years later, filled with heartache and contemplating divorce, I can’t help wondering, what if I had chosen the other one?

“Happily Ever After Do-Over” is full of twists and turns, a quirky best friend, an overbearing mother, and an eventual happily ever after that sticks.

Author’s Note: This novel was originally published as two separate books under different titles: “The One and the Other One: Part One” and “The One and the Other One: Part Two.”

The story:

Rebecca Rhodes grew up watching fairy tales and reading about happily ever-afters. She has always been in love with the idea of love. And she has always wondered what came after the end of those books. She has been in love with two men in her life and she married one, and is now second guessing.

My take:

This book has been written in first person from the point of view of Rebecca.

Many of us, many times in our life think, how would my life have been if that would have happened. So, the story begins when Rebecca is thirty years old, and is thinking about her life since she was twenty.

The characters are realistic and well developed, and the story is written well. the language is simple and the story flows at a steady pace.  Secondary characters, like her family and her best friend, make the story more relatable. Though detailed, this story has descriptions that can be easily picturized. I could easily visualize Rebecca’s home as also Justin’s apartment. Rebecca’s feelings have been described in detail.

A nice, realistic story. These are two different stories, maybe one story with two endings, depends on the reader.

DISCLAIMER: I received a free e-book in exchange for an honest review. I have not received any monetary compensation for the same.