The Girl on the Balcony by Olivia Hussey

I have vivid memories of watching the beautiful movie, Romeo and Juliet (1968). I remember falling in love with the actors and the beauty of the production by Franco Zeffirelli. Olivia Hussey was the actress playing Juliet and I thought she was the most beautiful woman I had ever seen! This is her story and she explains how she became an international star overnight at the tender age of seventeen. Olivia tells all about her marriages, (one to Dean Martin’s son, Dino) her acquaintances, (Liza Minnelli, Elizabeth Taylor, Paul McCartney and many more!!) her guru, her breast cancer and agoraphobia. Interesting book and big-name characters kept me reading long into the night!

The Girl on the Balcony by Olivia Hussey will be available July 31, 2018 from Kensington Books. An egalley of this book was made available by the publisher in exchange for a honest review.

Second Time Around by Nancy Herkness

Kyra and Will were friends in college, until the one night their relationship changed. Now ten years later, they meet again. Will is now a billionaire CEO and Kyra is a bartender and also cooks for a program for children. Will the second time around be the perfect time for them? Believable characters and a romantic plot make this contemporary romance a good read. Is there such a thing as a story with too much sex? After the beginning of the story, I felt like it was one seduction scene after another. Not much happening unless it was a steamy sex situation. It was well-written but I like a bit more of a good story. Romantic heat level is hot to caliente!

Second Time Around by Nancy Herkness will be available July 24, 2018 from Montlake Romance. An egalley of this book was made available by the publisher in exchange for a honest review.

Bay City Belle by Shirley Kennedy

A terrific historical romance set in San Francisco in the 1870’s. I loved the sweet story of Belle, a beautiful Southern lady trying to get away from the aftermath of the Civil War. Her travels lead her to the handsome Yankee captain, Yancy, during an adventurous train ride to the west coast. This story has it all, a great plot, endearing characters and lots of romance. Excellent addition to historical American romance. Romantic heat level is low and sweet.

Bay City Belle by Shirley Kennedy will be available July 17, 2018 from Lyrical Press, an imprint of Kensington Books. An egalley of this book was made available by the publisher in exchange for a honest review.

All the Way by Kristen Proby

London Watson has had it all! Tony Award winning actress and star for years but she still is lost in one department, true love. After a debilitating accident, London meets her parent’s attorney, Finn Cavanaugh, and is furious when he asks her out. Time goes by and they meet again on Martha’s Vineyard and become better acquainted. Kristen Proby once again shows off her storytelling prowess in this catchy and heartwarming story. The characters are engaging and real as the story progresses to a great surprise ending. I enjoy a good story and this is surely one. Romantic heat is spicy to “take a cold shower”!

All the Way by Kristen Proby will be available August 21, 2018 from William Morrow Paperbacks, an imprint of HarperCollins. An egalley of this book was made available by the publisher in exchange for a honest review.

Tough Luck Cowboy by A.J. Pine

Handsome bronco rider, Luke Ellison, comes riding into Lily’s life as she is getting over a divorce. Sure, Luke had been rude and unfriendly to her for the past three years. To make things worse, he’s also her ex’s best friend but she still finds him hard to resist. Lily and Luke are darlings and get mixed up in plenty of misunderstandings and sticky situations. I guarantee that this story has an ending that all readers of contemporary romance will love! Romantic Heat level of this book is moderate to hot!

Tough Luck Cowboy by A.J. Pine will be available August 28, 2018 from Forever, an imprint of Hatchette Book Group. An egalley of this book was made available by the publisher in exchange for a honest review.

To Catch a Bride by Gina Welborn

The Montana Territory is a rugged part of America and Marilyn Svenson must decide if she can get title to her farm after her husband’s death. She seeks the help of people in town and figures out that she is pregnant and cannot travel back to her farm on the bumpy wagon ride. She decides to stay in town and also becomes the target for romance from two of the town’s most eligible men. I have to say that I loved this story and wished that it was longer. (It is a novella.) Great, sweet, love story about the hard times in the west during the Gold Rush. Well-developed characters and a unique twist to this story had me reading nonstop until the end!

To Catch a Bride by Gina Welborn will be available June 26, 2018 from Zebra, an imprint of Kensington Books. An egalley of this book was made available by the publisher in exchange for a honest review.

The Love Letter by Rachel Hauck

A Christian romance about a love letter! This love letter was written to a woman right before going into battle during the Revolutionary War. The same love letter was also the basis for a play, written by the ancestor of the soldier and set to be presented on stage. Enter actress, Chloe Daschle, who is certain that this play will catapult her career forward and she is thrilled to win the leading role. Playwriter, Jesse Gates, is not looking for love or a relationship but cannot deny the attraction between he and Chloe. Enjoyable story with engaging characters and a sweet love story make this a perfect summer reading getaway!

The Love Letter by Rachel Hauck is being published by Thomas Nelson. An egalley of this book was made available by the publisher in exchange for a honest review.